There may not be too many players linked with Manchester United this morning, but the one that has been is generating a considerable amount of headlines.
Having dismissed reports that he had agreed new terms with current club Real Madrid, the odds Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford are tumbling quicker than he had a habit of doing in his first season in England.
And it is now being reported that Sir Alex Ferguson’s role as director may help persuade the forward to return.
Other reports cite “emotional ties” as the reason the 28-year-old may decide on a reunion with his one-time teammates.
Unlikely to match the financial clout of PSG and Monaco – both said to be interested – United will hope Ronaldo’s memories of his time in Manchester will sway him. Having spoken on many occasions as to how much he owes the club for the player he became, we may soon see exactly how much it means to him.
Spanish football expert Graham Hunter certainly feels the Premier League champions are in the box-seat. Speaking to TalkSport yesterday, he said Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford within the next two years.
Should he do so, it is likely he will be playing with Wayne Rooney, with the club said to be adopting a “softer stance” towards the player than Ferguson; issuing positive messages about him wherever possible.
Returning from holiday in just over a week, Moyes will find himself handed a transfer kitty of £60million – with offers for Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski likely to be his first attempts at spending it.
With the likely departure of Nani and possibly Anderson, the former Everton manager may have a little more to spend as he attempts to continue where his predecessor left off.
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