Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Latest: Juventus Legend Claims CR7 Has Already Signed Serie A Deal

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action against Uruguay at Fisht Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. The Portuguese has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid this summer. Francois Nel/Getty Images

The saga surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's future has taken a new turn, with Juventus's notorious former managing director claiming the Portuguese has already undergone a medical for the Italian giants.

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action against Uruguay at Fisht Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. The Portuguese has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid this summer. Francois Nel/Getty Images

Suggestions the 33-year-old could complete a shock move to the Serie A champions arose earlier week, when Spanish TV show Jugones reported Real Madrid were ready to accept Juventus' $116.5 million offer for CR7.

Neither of the two clubs have confirmed any rumor, but former Juventus supremo Luciano Moggi believes negotiations are at an advanced stage. In a tweet posted on Wednesday night, Moggi suggested Ronaldo has already signed a contract with the Vecchia Signora and undergone a medical in Munich, Germany.

The tweet appears to be Moggi expressing an opinion, rather than him relying information he has received from other sources, but it is significant nonetheless. The 81-year-old served as Juventus managing director between 1994 and 2006. He left the world of soccer in the wake of a scandal that rocked Italian soccer in the same year.

Following months of investigations into GEA World—one of the world's largest consortia of soccer agents and managers, which is still headed by Moggi's son, Alessandro—prosecutors released several wiretappings showing Moggi had repeatedly influenced referee appointments and conspired to rig games.

Rumors over Ronaldo joining Juventus have gathered pace over the last few days. On Wednesday Spanish newspaper Marca reported the five-time Champions League winner had begun looking for a house in Turin.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Italian giants have genuinely submitted a bid or whether the Portuguese's camp is simply trying to convince Real to increase his salary.

Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Madrid virtually every summer over the last couple of years, with rumors of malaise surfacing before being swiftly quashed by an improved contract.

Italian soccer journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported on Wednesday that Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, was in Madrid. He will meet Real's president Florentino Perez to discuss a contract extension for his client and his status at the club.

Juventus, meanwhile, are monitoring the situation and could table a bid should Real decide to make the five-time Ballon d'Or winner available. However, contradicting Jugones' report, Di Marzio claims that the transfer fee would be between $140 million and $175 million, given the $116 million release clause Ronaldo agreed to in January has never been confirmed.

beIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri also indicated Perez and Mendes will meet on Thursday night but, crucially, suggested Juventus would be prepared to sell Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala to make room for Ronaldo. The former became the Juve's record signing when he arrived from Serie A rivals Napoli for $105 million in the summer of 2016, while the latter is considered one of the hottest properties in world soccer.

Meanwhile, ESPN's journalist and Italian soccer expert Gabriele Marcotti noted that the $35 million-a-year wage Juventus have allegedly offered to the Portuguese star could be a major stumbling block.

The figure would make Ronaldo the highest-paid player in the club's history, but a $35 million net salary per season works out to $68 million gross, representing approximately 40 percent of Juventus' current wage bill.

That means the Serie A giants, who have won the league title for the last seven consecutive seasons, would have to sell a number of their stars to accommodate Ronaldo.

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