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Superstar Wants Manchester United Return: But Should Jose Make A Move?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

It comes as a shock to millions of Real Madrid fans around the world as there are speculations that the Portuguese superstar and arguably the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, might be on his way out of Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. Reports are suggesting that the four times Balon D’Or winner is angry with the current state of affairs with the tax evasion charges on him and is eyeing a move to his old club Manchester United in the next season.

Reportedly, Ronaldo has put pressure on his agent Jorge Mendes to make it possible for the shocking move to materialise under any circumstances, as he wants to cut short on his career with Los Blancos, with whom he won both the Champions League and Spanish La Liga in the last season. Some sources are also suggesting that there might be an outward chance for the Euro Cup winner to move to the French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain as well.

However, Manchester United’s current coach Jose Mourinho might not approve of the move, as he has already got his plans chalked out for the next season and bringing in Ronaldo to Old Trafford is surely not a part of it. The Portuguese mastermind has already spent a whopping £40 million to sign one of the brightest defenders in the world in the form of Victor Lindelof, in order to strengthen his backline which has been a major concern for the Red Devils in the recently concluded season, and might not be in the right financial shape to invest in his 32-year old compatriot, despite the fact that the Premier League is well known for their spending spree in the summer.

Mourinho has also got his eyes on Ronaldo’s teammate, the Spanish marksman Alvaro Morata to play as his main man upfront, as Manchester United have denied extending the stay of their talismanic striker and the veteran Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford in the next season. The Red Devils’ manager, reportedly, is looking to bring in the Belgian ace Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic from the Italian Serie A Roma and Internazionale respectively.

With the aforementioned players’ names being already sent to Ed Woodward as potential summer transfer targets, it is highly unlikely for the Red Devils to turn their interest towards their former talisman and club legend Ronaldo, who left them in 2009 to join the 12 times Champions League winners. Besides, the tumultuous relation between Ronaldo and Mourinho might play spoiler in realising the deal as well.

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