Man Utd’s response to Cristiano Ronaldo return claims and ‘deal being discussed’

Manchester United have responded to speculation of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the club after “discussing a deal”.

The Portuguese superstar left Old Trafford 11 years ago, scoring 118 goals in nearly 300 appearances.

Making an £80m move to Real Madrid, he has since won four Champions League honours and four Ballon d’Ors at the Bernabeu and Juventus.

While continuing his incredible scoring form in Italy, Covid-19’s impact has seen speculation of the 35-year-old being sold by the Old Lady.

And United emerged as a potentially interested party, with the Red Devils even making a “formal offer” to his agent Jorge Mendes.

But Manchester Evening News have reported that the club have a very different stance on the situation.

Insiders have laughed off any speculation of a deal being discussed for Ronaldo.

If they were to pursue a deal, the Premier League side would have to match his £28m-a-season wages and a transfer fee.

With transfer fees being an issue in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho over the summer, the report suggested that the same problem would stop them chasing their former forward.

Ronaldo had previously spoken about his love for United, saying in 2015: “In football, you never know what will happen tomorrow.

“People know I love Manchester United. It’s great there – they support me a lot… I’m very good here at Madrid, but in the future: nobody knows. Let’s see what’s gonna happen.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had also opened up on his desire to manage Ronaldo one day.

Speaking in the summer, the Norwegian asked which of his 1999 treble-winning United team-mates he'd love to manage today.

After naming Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, he said: "Don't forget I played with Cristiano and he's the best player in the world – so I wouldn't mind having him in my team too."

It would mean United avoiding a transfer battle with French champions PSG, who are also interested in his signature.

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