The Independent notes:
We can reveal that Manchester United enquired about the prospect of re-signing Ronaldo, only to be informed that talks with Juventus are at a genuine and advanced stage.
Initial thoughts that Ronaldo was attempting to earn a new contract have been replaced by the genuine prospect of the Portuguese moving to Serie A in a move that could shake up Europe.
Ever since he left United in 2009, Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to the club where he won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, World Club Cup and Champions League, not to mention his first Ballon D’or, fans have been desperate to see him return.
At the age of 33, this is likely to be Ronaldo’s last big transfer and final chance of returning to United should he decide to leave the Bernabeu. Juventus remain favourites to sign the Portuguese star. A move to Italy, with a new league to challenge to conquer may appeal to Ronaldo’s ego, as could the prospect of lifting the Champions League with a third club.
Anyone who signs Ronaldo, be that a new contract at Madrid or elsewhere, is guaranteed goals and a genuine threat not to mention a rocket in shirt sales and tickets, the one thing Ronaldo can’t offer is longevity and although he’s undoubtedly taken care of himself, he arguably only has one or two seasons left at the very top.
Whether those two seasons are spent at United remain to be seen – a the minute it’s looking increasingly unlikely but you never know, Ed Woodward would love a major transfer coup like bringing Ronaldo ‘home.’ Jose Mourinho has worked with Ronaldo before at Real Madrid and while they weren’t thought to be close, there’s been conflicting reports as to whether there was ever any animosity between the two. One thing’s for sure, if Ronaldo is open to a move to United, Mourinho, who’s desperate to prevent City from winning the title, would undoubtedly be willing to agree to the deal.