Cristiano Ronaldo urged to snub Chelsea transfer for "sexy" move elsewhere

Chelsea have emerged as shock front runners to sign Manchester United wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo, but the 37-year-old has been urged to focus on a "sexy" move to Bayern Munich.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner may have only returned to United last summer, but due to their failure to secure Champions League football the Portuguese star has reportedly asked to leave. Chelsea have been placed on high alert, and agent Jorge Mendes offered Ronaldo to co-owner Todd Boehly last month.

Chelsea are said to be pondering a move, especially after Romelu Lukaku secured a loan switch back to Inter Milan. But German legend Lothar Matthaus has urged Ronaldo to join Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich instead, labelling the idea as "sexy".

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Bayern have won 10 Bundesliga titles in a row, and Champions League football is as close to a guarantee as they comes in Europe for the Munich side. Bayern are experiencing their own issues though, as Robert Lewandowski has asked to leave the club this summer.

The German side have just signed Sadio Mane, but could look to replace Lewandowski with Ronaldo on a short-term deal. And the prospect of this has been heavily backed by Matthaus, who wants to see Ronaldo play for his beloved Bayern side.

Matthaus told Sky Germany: "Ronaldo to Bayern would be sexy! At least you should think through the options and play through them once.

"If you at Bayern are of the opinion that Cristiano Ronaldo is still physically able to really help for a year or two and that you can invest the transfer fee generated for Lewandowski more or less one-to-one in the Portuguese megastar, I would think about it."

Bayern still don't want to lose Lewandowski this summer, and like Ronaldo, he is contracted until the end of next season. But as far as replacements go, it's certainly not a bad option should it become a possibility.

Lewandowski wants to join Barcelona, but with their financial situation it may be difficult to strike a deal. The Poland captain has already said that "the story is over," which could make for an awkward pre-season should a move collapse.

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