Thursday 24 August 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo may want Man United return, but Old Trafford chiefs strike a note of pessimism - reports

Ronaldo appears to be keen to seal a move back to Manchester United
Ronaldo appears to be keen to seal a move back to Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to seal a return to Manchester United this summer, according the latest reports emerging from the Portuguese superstar's camp.

While Ronaldo's management team would not go on the record to confirm their client has set his heart on a move back to United, widespread reports suggest the Portuguese superstar is keen to re-join the club he left in a world record £80m deal in 2009.

Ronaldo is rumoured to have decided to leave Real Madrid after he was charged by Spanish authorities over a €14.7m tax bill they claim to be due from his overseas earnings that went through an account in the British Virgin Islands.

Those charges inspired a clearly irate Ronaldo to declare he wanted to leave Spanish football immediately, with a host television channels and newspapers reporting on the same information that he favours a move back to United.

A Bola - the newspaper that broke the story claiming Ronaldo wanted to leave Real Madrid last week - are also confirming that the player wants to join United, yet there is a lot of hurdles to be crossed before the transfer of this decade become a reality.

Sky Sports suggest United are not confident of striking a deal for Ronaldo, as they report that the Old Trafford club expect their former No.7 to resolve his difficulties in Spain and remain at Real Madrid.

There are also suggestions that Ronaldo will be content to remain at Real Madrid if the club pay the tax bill he is disputing, amid claims that both his coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos have phoned the 32-year-old star in a bid to keep him at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo refused to answer questions on his future following his side's 2-2 draw against Mexico in their opening Confederations Cup match, with rumour and counter-rumour on this story likely to rumble throughout this current transfer window.

The most likely conclusion to this mid-summer drama will see Ronaldo settling his difference with Spanish authorities and remaining at Real Madrid, but this elongated tantrum could yet end with a remarkable return to United.

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