The summer transfer window may have closed a month ago, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s prospective return to Manchester United continues to hit the headlines.
The Real Madrid forward has publicly played down claims that he wants to go back to the Red Devils, but hardly a day goes by without something being written about him in the British media.
For United fans, this will be a stark reminder to what happened five years ago when the Portugal international left Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu for a then world-record transfer fee of £80 million.
The Spanish media pretty much made it their mission to get Ronaldo to Madrid, with (then) current and former players of the club showering sky-high praise on him.
Ronaldo’s move to Madrid had been mooted years before his eventual switch in 2009, with the former Sporting Lisbon star himself claiming that he would love to play for the Spanish giants one day.
Now the situation seems to have reversed.
It is the British media reports that suggest Ronaldo is open to a return to the club that propelled him to international stardom. There have been suggestions that United cannot meet his wage demands, but then there are also reports that Ronaldo could take a pay-cut to go back to Old Trafford.
United manager Louis van Gaal recently said that he is not averse to the idea of having the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner back at Old Trafford - and that is a big statement.
What goes around comes around, as Madrid are just finding out.