It’s the news Manchester United fans have waited for all summer and it could be about to become a reality after reports from Spain revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to meet Manchester United officials “in the next few days” to talk about a return to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo left United for Real Madrid in a £80million deal in 2009 but has been linked with a sensational return over the last few weeks despite the recent denials of Real president Florentino Perez.
The rumoured return gathered more pace earlier this month when Ronaldo took to social media platform twitter to reveal that he had not signed a new contract extension with the Spanish giants and today’s revelation, courtesy of Spanish paper El Pais, is set to pile the pressure on Real.
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The paper claimed a meeting would be taking place between the clubs “in the next few days” to discuss the possibility of a transfer being completed.
The news will not only come as a welcome boost to United fans but also to new manager David Moyes as he begins the unenviable task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, the man responsible for bringing Ronaldo to England.
As of yet there has been no official response on the report from either United or Real but with Chelsea and French side PSG also interested in the Portuguese man, there is the potential for either side to enter the running should Real yield to Ronaldo’s reported desire to leave.
The news meanwhile will come as a major blow to new Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti and comes just 24 hours after he agreed a deal to become the club’s new manager but with Malaga and Spanish under-21 international Isco set for the Bernebeu the loss of Ronaldo could be softened somewhat.
Ronaldo’s return could have other implications for United with the future of Wayne Rooney set to once again be in the spotlight. The likes of PSG, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with the England man and a summer move could be in the offing.
Moyes is believed to want to keep Rooney but much will depend on what positional guarantee’s the former Everton manager can give the 27 year old.
Rooney’s did he/didn’t he transfer request was believed to have come on the back of a frustration season which saw the striker play in a number of different positions instead as in his preferred slot up front.
With Robin Van Persie the main striker up front, the arrival of Ronaldo, who tends to play more through the middle despite beginning life as an out and out winger, could once again mean that Rooney is shifted out wide forcing the player to make a decision on his future.