Former Chelsea defender, Glen Johnson, has branded the Blues’ reported attempt to sign Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo as a commercial deal.

It was recently reported that new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly held a meeting with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, where the possibility of bringing the Portugal captain from Man United to Stamford Bridge was discussed.

Boehly is keen to make several marquee signings in his first summer in charge of the West London club, with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling also linked to Chelsea.

But Johnson believes Boehly and his consortium would make the money they used to sign Ronaldo back in two weeks if they eventually signed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“If he goes to Chelsea, then he’d burn his bridges at Manchester United,” Johnson told GGRecon

“From Chelsea’s perspective, he’s a massive brand and he may be expensive, but you would probably make that money back in two weeks through shirt sales. He may cost a fortune, but the club would probably make more by just having him. Signing Ronaldo is like signing a commercial deal.

“I don’t think Ronaldo can change Chelsea’s fortunes as a player now, but I think having him in the dressing room would. On the pitch now, he’s not the Ronaldo we all want to see, but him being in the dressing room will get another 5% out of everyone around him.”