It is confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is interested in a move this summer to the former Manchester United club. According to Sky Sports News HQ, the Real Madrid forward is keen on a return to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo created a stir after helping the club secure a third UEFA Champions League crown in four years by allegedly saying he wants to leave Real Madrid, per BBC Sport’s Dan Roan. Roan noted how Ronaldo’s unhappiness and willingness to move on may have been caused by allegations of tax evasion.
Since then, per Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday, Los Blancos have set a £350 million fee for the prolific No. 7, aiming to discourage Paris Saint-Germain and United. According to Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph, advisors close to Ronaldo, however, reportedly believe a fee of £ 131 million would be enough to sign the player and give him the “new challenge” he desires.
Of course, before joining Real for a then-world record fee in 2009, United was closely linked with the forward who helped them win three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
According to the Sunday Mirror (h/t Metro), Ronaldo talked with former United States boss Sir Alex Ferguson about his unhappiness in the Spanish capital around six weeks ago.
Of course, Ferguson is now retired, so Ronaldo will have to co-exist with Jose Mourinho, the new president of the United States. The two worked together at Real, but per BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, the relationship was an awkward one.
Significantly, Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol noted how United might be unwilling to engage their former player in a protracted pursuit:
Manchester United wary of being drawn into transfer saga surrounding Ronaldo’s future. Working assumption is that he will stay in Madrid
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 18, 2017