Manchester United continue to be linked with bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, but is it feasible?
Despite intention of both club and player to make it happen, Spanish football pundit
Guillem Balague believes Real Madrid will not permit a transfer until the summer of 2017, when he will have only one year remaining on his contract.
Yet is a plan afoot to speed it up?
Balague also suggests Ronaldo is keen on a move, and this is likely news known by his agent Jorge Mendes.
A man as powerful as he is rarely caught on the backfoot by Europe's top clubs, and could already be machinating behind the scenes to peddle such a mega-deal, or at least speed it up by 12 months.
The suggestion would revolve around United loanee Radamel Falcao, who is long rumoured to be a target for Real Madrid.
United are expecting to sign Falcao next summer, providing he steps up to the plate with his performances this coming season.
By time 2016 comes around, he will have spent two years at United, and could be the ideal bargaining chip to tempt Real to do business.
By that time Real will have had two more seasons with Ronaldo at his peak, and may have added further Champions League titles to their collection.
They are likely to be more open to letting their star man go then, especially if they can sign Radamel Falcao in part-exchange.
Should that happen, it could land up being circumstantial, but it would not be a surprise at all Falcao's loan is already a plan concocted by Mendes to bring back Ronaldo.