Manchester United’s summer transfer difficulties have been well documented. But the Daily Mail claims to know the reason why United failed to bring in all but one of their targets – and that reason is Cristiano Ronaldo.
The newspaper claims United put all their eggs – along with £80million plus wages – into one basket, believing they could re-sign the Real Madrid forward this summer.
It was a plan that the departed Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill had reportedly been working on for over a year, with new chief executive Ed Woodward hoping to pull off one of football’s biggest coups.
But in the end, the time it took Real to officially sign Gareth Bale, along with the change of regime at Old Trafford and the fee Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was seeking to broker the deal, prevented the move from happening...for now.
The same paper claims United could make their move in January, or next summer. And while to many fans it may seem a dream too good to be true, Ronaldo’s return may not be as fanciful as first thought.
Should he once again pull on the red shirt, he could be playing alongside Wayne Rooney for many years to come, with the Telegraph reporting that United wish to keep the England striker well into his thirties.
Following a summer of apparent discontent and numerous stories about his future, Rooney will reportedly be offered a new deal if that talkative chap “club source” is to be believed.
While it remains to be seen if a new deal will be presented to the player, with less than two years on his current deal United will soon have to decide if they wish to sign him or sell him.
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