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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has told his agent to broker a deal ensuring his return to Manchester United in a sensational transfer.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Metro), the Portuguese icon has instructed Jorge Mendes to do “everything” in his power to arrange a romantic reunion with his former club in the Premier League.
Marca (h/t Metro) reported Los Blancos could want as much as £350 million for their most important player.
Sky Sports News confirmed Ronaldo’s expected intentions to quit Spain:
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BREAKING: @Cristiano wants to leave @realmadrid because he does not want to play in Spain any more – Sky sources. #SSNHQ https://t.co/wic48f13uL
BBC Sport reported Ronaldo is “upset” he is being accused of potential tax fraud and wishes for a swift exit from the country after winning La Liga and the UEFA Champions League with Real.
The 32-year-old scored 37 goals last term as his club won the two major competitions, according to WhoScored.com.
Ronaldo continues to be a potent force in world football, and reuniting with the Old Trafford giants makes commercial sense for all parties.
United are deep into their rebuild under manager Jose Mourinho, and the attacker would take the team back into the top four as they chase the English title.
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has said he can see Romelu Lukaku working with former manager Mourinho if the self-proclaimed Special One wants the Everton striker.
Lukaku struggled under the coach at Stamford Bridge, but Essien believes that won’t stop the Belgian star moving to the Theatre of Dreams.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News about the two individuals’ relationship, Essien said:
“In general it was good and normal. We all had different relationships with Jose and mine, as everyone knows, is like a father and son. I won’t say Romelu’s relationship with Jose was the same as mine but, in general, it was normal and they respected each other.”
When asked if the two would work together again, Essien was positive there would not be a problem, per the Manchester Evening News.
John Hutchinson of The Sun reported Chelsea remain favourites to sign the £70 million-rated attacker.
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Lukaku has excelled in the Premier League, and his ability continues to grow and expand.
However, United will not need him if Ronaldo returns, and it is certain the Real player would play as a No. 9.
Ronaldo has often flirted with the idea of returning to United, but he has a number of options open to him if he desires a fresh start.
The money in China will be tempting to the attacker, but a chance to reboot United’s fortunes could prove very tempting.