FC Barcelona chief: Why I met with Cristiano Ronaldo's agent

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1. Romelu Lukaku - €333.6 million (Chelsea, Everto
1. Romelu Lukaku - €333.6 million (Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, and Inter Milan)
2. Neymar - €310 million ( FC Barcelona and Paris
2. Neymar - €310 million ( FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo - €245 million (Manchester Un
3. Cristiano Ronaldo - €245 million (Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus)
4. Alvaro Morata - €189 million (Juventus, Real Ma
4. Alvaro Morata - €189 million (Juventus, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid)
5. Antoine Griezmann - €184 million (Atletico Madr
5. Antoine Griezmann - €184 million (Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona)
6. Philippe Coutinho - €180.3 million (Inter Milan
6. Philippe Coutinho - €180.3 million (Inter Milan, Liverpool, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Aston Villa)
7. Kylian Mbappe - €180 million (Paris Saint-Germa
7. Kylian Mbappe - €180 million (Paris Saint-Germain)
8. Angel Di Maria - €179 million (Benfica, Real Ma
8. Angel Di Maria - €179 million (Benfica, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain)
9. Ousmane Dembele - €175 million (Borussia Dortmu
9. Ousmane Dembele - €175 million (Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona)
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - €169.1 million (Ajax Amst
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - €169.1 million (Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United)

With speculation growing over why Laporta met with the Portugal captain's representative, the Blaugrana chief has now broken his silence on his recent engagement with Mendes.

"I had dinner with Jorge Mendes on Monday and we talked about the market in general," he said, according to talkSPORT.

"Cristiano? I'm not going to talk about players we discussed at the meeting, but it's always good to know how some names are on the market."

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has missed the first two days of pre-season training under New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag due to "family reasons", and his absence has only cast further doubt on his stay in Manchester.

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