Cristiano Ronaldo transfer to United under investigation
CRISTIANO RONALDO’s transfer to Manchester United is being PROBED by the Italian authorities with a new search of Juventus’ offices being ordered.
Juventus’ offices in both Turin and Milan were raided last Friday after accusations they falsely recorded the value of transfers between 2019 and 2021 to fit within Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Player contracts, invoices and financial statements were seized as evidence.
Club president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved, as well as Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici – who worked at Juve between 2010-21 – are also under investigation.
Reuters are reporting that a fresh search of Juventus’ offices has been ordered to examine the financial terms of Ronaldo’s £12.9million Man Utd transfer.
The deal generated a negative economic impact of 14m euros on its results for the 2020/21 financial year, the club revealed at the time.
La Gazzetta dello Sport state there are recordings of phone calls where Juventus directors allegedly discuss a document that ‘should not have theoretically existed’ regarding Ronaldo’s move.
Turin investigators are yet to find the document and Juventus directors have reportedly failed to explain the nature of the deal
Reports claim a total of 42 transfers – including those involving Joao Cancelo, Arthur, Danilo, Cristian Romero and Miralem Pjanic – are also being scrutinised.
In a statement on Saturday, the club have stated they are fully co-operating on the matter.
They said: “As necessary, Juventus is collaborating with the investigators and with Consob and is confident that it will clarify every aspect of interest to them, believing that it has operated in compliance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of financial reports, in compliance with accounting principles and in in line with international football industry practice and market conditions.”