Ronaldo 'agrees transfer' with Man City ahead of Premier League return
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As thing stand, Manchester United don’t appear to have any appetite to rival Manchester City for the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. And an agreement with the Portugal international they had back in 2013 may be why. The Juventus star looked set to return that year, agreeing to come back, before everything suddenly changed.
In a nightmare scenario for United supporters, Ronaldo is closing in on a dramatic move to Manchester City.
Juventus are open to parting ways with the 36-year-old, despite him shining ever since his switch from Real Madrid back in 2018.
And, what’s more, Ronaldo wants to go.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, has been negotiating with City over the past few days with the intent of moving his client to the Etihad Stadium.
And while United have also been in touch with the Portuguese over a blockbuster return, they don’t appear to have any intent of bringing him back.
Why? Well, having their fingers burned in 2013 could be behind their stance.
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That year, United saw Sir Alex Ferguson retire. But they also came close to re-signing Ronaldo, four years after he’d left for Real Madrid.
The Juventus star had been left in awe after being given a great ovation at Old Trafford in a Champions League match, where he scored the winner in a 2-1 victory.
And, according to Patrice Evra, he agreed to come back.
“You know, you talk about the hardest moments [in my United career], I would say maybe this is the one,” Evra told club media in 2020.
“Two weeks before that, I remember there was a lot of media saying Ferguson will maybe retire next year, and he said, ‘Patrice, I will never retire. I will be here another 10 years’.
“He then said: ‘My target is I’m 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent.’
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“And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this.”
Evra then revealed how Ferguson’s retirement ended any hopes of Ronaldo coming back, while also devastating players within the dressing room.
“After two weeks, we were in the dressing room waiting,” he said.
“When we arrived at Carrington, I see all those cameras and I was like: ‘Wow, someone has done something wrong. Maybe a player is the story again! Someone has done something wrong, we are in trouble’.
“But we arrived and people said, ‘Guys, you have to stay in the dressing room because the boss wants to have a chat’.
“And when the boss came into the dressing room to talk to everyone, it’s never good news.
“He came, and he said, ‘I’m really sorry. Some people have said that I’m going to retire even before I say it myself. That’s why you saw all those cameras. But I will retire because my wife needs me’.
“He apologised to [Robin] van Persie, he apologised to Shinji [Kagawa], because he just brought them. He apologised to them especially.”
United ended up missing Ronaldo.
And though they’ve been keen to bring him back in the past, the ship now looks to have sailed.
Instead, it’s a move to City that currently seems on.
Pep Guardiola wants a new hitman to replace Sergio Aguero in the wake of the Argentina international’s move to Barcelona.
And with Harry Kane committing himself to Tottenham for another year, a blockbuster move for Ronaldo could be about to take place.
That, certainly, would rock United.
And it would certainly be strange seeing the veteran back in the Premier League in the colours of their fiercest rivals.
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