Cristiano Ronaldo had reached out to his fellow Portuguese compatriot, 28-year-old Otavio, in an attempt to persuade him to join him at Al-Nassr. However, these rumors were dispelled by Ronaldo himself during Al-Nassr’s friendly match against Farense on Friday. Ronaldo denied the claims, indicating that there was no truth to the speculation.

According to Ronaldo informed reporters: “Many players are spoken about, I do not speak because I am not an agent. Otavio is spoken about, like 10 or 15 others who have spoken, but there is still no news. Obviously, we are going to strengthen the team, but there are no names yet.”

When questioned if his club has closed a deal for Otavio, Ronaldo stated: “Totally a lie. They [the media] release the news, but nothing has been finalized. We know that we are going to reinforce, that is clear, but still nothing concrete.”

Al-Nassr, aiming to bolster their squad after falling short of the Saudi Pro League title by just five points in Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut season, is actively seeking reinforcements. Several prominent European players, including fellow Portuguese international Ruben Neves, have made moves to Saudi clubs during the summer transfer window. These signings suggest a trend of high-profile players choosing Saudi Arabia as a new destination for their careers, potentially bringing increased competition and excitement to the league.

Brazilian-born Otavio has been at Porto for nine years now and still has two years remaining on his current contract. If Ronaldo wants to link up with his Portugal team-mate at club level then Al-Nassr will have to pay his 31 million pound release clause.


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