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Cristiano Ronaldo keen on Manchester United return this summer


Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly keen on a return to Manchester United (SIPA USA/PA)

Cristiano Ronaldo is keen on a return to Manchester United this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The 36-year-old is currently in his third season at Juventus but is understood to be considering his future with the Italian club eliminated from the Champions League and set to miss out on the Serie A title.

Ronaldo had reportedly considered a return to Real Madrid this summer but that possibility now looks remote with the Spanish side keen on signing Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Ronaldo has now turned his attention to re-joining United at the end of the season.

The report claims that Ronaldo has instructed his agent, Jorge Mendes, to find out whether a return to Old Trafford is possible, although the forward is aware that it would be a ‘complex operation’.

Mendes, meanwhile, is said to be aware that Ronaldo’s chances of a move back to United are ‘not very high’ due to financial reasons. However, it’s understood that the Portugal international is willing to lower his salary demands in order to return to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he’d take Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United (AFP via Getty)

Speaking in a Q&A with United fans last month, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated that he would be happy to see Ronaldo back at the club.

When asked to name the former United teammate he would want in his current side, Solskjaer replied: ‘There are a few players I’ve played with that I’d love to have in my team, of course.

‘I’d love the player Roy Keane, I’m not sure if I could manage him though!

‘I’d sign him every day of the week, Roy was so influential but then again, I played with Cristiano and he’s been the best player in the world alongside [Lionel] Messi for the past 10 to 15 years now, so Cristiano.

‘You’d take him in your team, for sure.’

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