Fernandinho has revealed how Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes had visited Manchester City to discuss a possible deal with the Premier League champions.
He told ESPN: "I think there was a good, considerable chance.
"Obviously, if you're there at the table, you can talk about everything and every possible player."
Fernandinho also said that he thought the pressure of signing the forward and the expectations set on the club were to blame for the deal collapsing.
He said: "I think that a lot of expectations were also raised with the possibility of him coming here.
"No doubt this ends up affecting not only the fans, but also the people inside the club.
"But in the end, things didn't work out, he didn't close the deal, and ended up going to the red side of town. Life goes on."
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