There were reports last night that super-agent Jorge Mendes was on the lookout for a new club for the Portuguese superstar, who had made his intentions to leave Turin quite clear after donning the black of white strip of Juventus for three seasons.
Man Utd now in advanced negotiations w/ Juventus + Jorge Mendes over sensational return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo. #MUFC turned down chance in recent months as focused on priority positions but now too good to reject @TheAthleticUK #Juventus https://t.co/BsVKeFTqaU— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 27, 2021
The other club in Manchester looked best placed to get him after missing out on Harry Kane; however, things can escalate in a matter of minutes and United now look like they’re going to welcome him back to Old Trafford, where he made a meteoric rise to superstardom over a decade ago.
The reports have been confirmed by the Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, David Ornstein, MEN’s Samuel Luckhurst, Fabrizio Romano, and many other reliable journalists. Luckhurst has gone on to mention that it’ll be a two-year contract.
This shift in plan came following reports that some of Ronaldo’s former United teammates like Rio Ferdinand swayed the Portuguese international into making this move back to Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson also got in touch in the morning.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also more open than usual about his admiration for his former teammate and what sort of effect that would have on his young squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford, winning the Champions League and three Premier League titles in that time. He also won the Ballon d’Or for his performances in the 2007/08 season and won a few more during his time at Real Madrid.
He isn’t the same player at 36. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive season ahead of him now. There will be serious questions asked of him as a manager and a lot of it’ll pivot around this transfer.