Cristiano Ronaldo ‘is more likely to return to Manchester United than Real Madrid’ if he leaves Juventus, with Spanish giants focused instead on signing Kylian Mbappe from PSG
- Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a sensational return to Real Madrid
- Latest Juventus Champions League failure could push the star to the exit door
- Ronaldo was blamed for shirking a block as Porto scored decisive free-kick
- But reports in Italy say return to Manchester United is the more likely outcome
- They suggest Real will focus instead on signing Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland
- Juventus remain adamant that Portuguese star, 36, will see out his contract
Speculation is mounting that the Portuguese star, 36, will leave Juventus in the summer after their latest Champions League failure.
Ronaldo took plenty of blame after appearing to shirk out of blocking the Porto free-kick that eliminated them at the last-16 stage last week.
Speculation is mounting that Cristiano Ronaldo could depart Juventus in the summer window
Rumours abound that Ronaldo could return to Real Madrid, where he won four Champions League titles during a highly successful decade with the club
The Spanish newspaper AS reported this week that Real ‘want Cristiano Ronaldo back’
But according to an assessment by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, United is the more likely destination for Ronaldo than Real.
They report that Real will go all-out to bring in Paris Saint-Germain and France striker Mbappe, 22, as opposed to a romantic return for the player who helped them to four Champions League triumphs.
Mbappe could prove difficult to extract from PSG, however, despite his contract there expiring in 2022.
The Parisians are confident they can persuade the France World Cup winner to sign a new deal even during the final year of his current one.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport suggest it’s more likely Ronaldo will return to Manchester United
Tuttosport suggest Real Madrid will instead go all out to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG
The Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland is another option for the Madrid club and a cheaper one given the severe financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ronaldo spent six seasons with United, helping them win three Premier League titles and the Champions League, before making the £80million move to Real Madrid in 2009.
But even if a move to Old Trafford is more likely than a return to the Bernabeu, United are set to look to other targets as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to rebuild his team back to a title-challenging force.
Borussia Dortmund’s prolific striker Erling Haaland is another potential Real Madrid target
The Portuguese star showed he still has plenty to give with his hat-trick on Sunday afternoon
Ronaldo completed his treble in the first half as Juventus eased passed Cagliari in Serie A
Their transfer strategy has tended to focus on younger players who fit Solskjaer’s counter-attacking style of play, rather than established stars.
And reports suggest they will prioritise a centre forward, centre-back, central midfielder and right-back in the summer.
But a third season at Juventus is probably the most likely scenario for Ronaldo, with the club’s managing director Fabio Paratici saying this week he will remain in Turin.
Ronaldo is contracted until 2022 and Paratici replied ‘without doubt’ when asked if Ronaldo would be staying beyond the summer.
He added: ‘We will hold onto him and enjoy him as much as possible. We’re very happy to have him with us.’
Published at Wed, 17 Mar 2021 15:54:39 +0000-Cristiano Ronaldo ‘more likely to return to Man United than Real Madrid’ after Juventus