Former Juventus director general Luciano Moggi has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo has already undergone a medical and agreed terms to join the Italian giants from Real Madrid.
Talk of a switch between the two clubs has continued to grow in recent days, as Los Blancos are rumoured to have made the Portuguese superstar available to purchase for £88m.
Ronaldo, who has scored 450 goals in 438 games for European champions Madrid, will reportedly be offered a contract worth more than £100m at the Allianz Stadium over its four year duration.
Having initially cast doubt on the reports, Moggi has now hinted that confirmation of a transfer is close to being made.
“In my view, he has already signed and had the medical in Munich,” he posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday evening.
Moggi recalled his attempts to make Ronaldo a Juventus player in 2002, when he was emerging from the Sporting CP youth ranks and becoming one of the Primeira Liga’s hottest talents.
A proposed transfer involving Chilean striker Marcelo Salas moving in the opposite direction never transpired, according to Moggi, and Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2003.
“I received an alert,” said the former Juve chief. “I sent an observer to look at him, he was an 18-year-old boy, but he impressed me with his maturity and his choices.
“In the middle of the day I made the contract. Unfortunately, Marcelo Salas refused to sign for Sporting Lisbon because he wanted to return to River Plate.
“I offered five million more for an 18-year-old player, but it could not be done at that time.”
Moggi was the main figure involved in the infamous Calciopoli scandal that engulfed Italian football in 2006, forcing him to retire from the world of football.