Manchester United have contacted Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and appear to have successfully hijacked the Juventus star’s anticipated transfer to Manchester City.
The 36-year-old informed his current club of his desire to leave earlier this week and join a team capable of challenging for this season’s Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were understood to have been monitoring Ronaldo’s situation, but City quickly emerged as the leading contenders after they learned of Harry Kane’s decision to remain at Tottenham for another year.
Ronaldo reportedly has already agreed a £510,000-a-week contract with City and had been willing to torch his United legacy, but his former club have made a desperate late attempt to convince him to return to Old Trafford.
According to Fabrizio Romano, United have initiated talks with Mendes on Thursday and are now ‘seriously interested’ in signing a player who spent six trophy-laden years in England with the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009.
And with City, according to the BBC, now pulling out of the race, United are confident of beating their local rivals to the services of the five-times Ballon d’Or winner.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match against Wolves, meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed his desire to sign his former teammate, and revealed Ronaldo’s international teammate Bruno Fernandes had been in touch with the ex-Real Madrid superstar.
‘Cristiano is a legend of this club, the the greatest player of all time if you ask me,’ Solskjaer said.
‘I was fortunate enough to play with him. I coached him when I got my job. Let’s see what happens.
‘We’ve always had a good communication. Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him. And if he was ever gonna move away from Juventus he knows we’re here.’
Solskjaer added: ‘I didn’t think Cristiano was gonna turn out leaving Juventus. And it’s been speculation this morning and the last few days.
‘Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club, he’s the greatest player of all time, if you ask me. I was fortunate enough to play with him, I coached him when I got my job.
‘Such a tremendous human being, as well. Let’s see what happens with Cristiano. Everyone who’s played with him has a soft spot for him.’
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