Jose Mourinho has reportedly given Manchester United the ‘green light’ to complete a stunning transfer swoop for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
AS recently claimed Ronaldo was keen on a move back to Old Trafford after becoming unhappy at the Bernabeu, and it seems United are also keen to re-sign him.
The Red Devils are now alleged to have started their plan to seal this exciting reunion, according to Spanish TV channel La Sexta, as reported by AS.
Ronaldo’s uncertainty over his future in Madrid supposedly stems from not being offered a new contract that was promised to him by club president Florentino Perez.
AS’s report claims United would likely have to pay £176million for the Portugal international, but that Mourinho is happy with the deal and the club feel it would be worth it for the financial rewards it would bring.
On the face of it, this looks a risky move given Ronaldo is about to turn 33 and is currently embarking on a hugely disappointing season in front of goal.
The former United front-man has just four goals in fourteen La Liga appearances, though he remains sharp in the Champions League with nine in six games so far.
There also doesn’t seem a desperate need for a player like Ronaldo given Gianluca Di Marzio claim United are closing in on the signing of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, a younger and more in-form player who fills a similar role.
Of course, even a raid for a player as good as Sanchez arguably wouldn’t compete in terms of excitement with United bringing back one of their finest ever players.
The 32-year-old spent six seasons at Old Trafford earlier in his career, scoring 118 goals to fire the club to three Premier League titles and the Champions League before he left for Madrid in 2009.