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Manchester United In Talks Over A Move To Land This Former Star: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

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In a recent report, Tuttomercatoweb has stated that Manchester United are in talks over a move to land their former star and current Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. It is believed that the Portuguese superstar would have to take a 50% pay-cut and be open to agreeing on a two-year contract for the Red Devils to bring him back to Old Trafford in this off-season (via Tuttomercatoweb).

Ronaldo’s Outstanding Numbers In Italian Football This Season

Ronaldo is enjoying another outstanding season at the Allianz Stadium after producing several match-winning performances for Juve so far. The Portugal international has banged in 32 goals and provided four assists in 39 matches for the Turin giants this term across various competitions.

The 36-year-old has given a good account of himself by averaging 5.3 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in this Serie A campaign. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 81.9% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The veteran forward will believe that he can still play at a high level in the Premier League if Man United decide to offer him a chance to return to the Theatre of Dreams when the transfer window commences later this year.

Manchester United in talks over a move to land Ronaldo who is seen in the picture
Fußball, AC Florenz – Juventus Turin Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus FC during the Serie A football match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus FC at Artemio Franchi stadium in Firenze Italy, April 25th, 2021. Photo Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto andreaxstaccioli

Will Bringing Ronaldo Back To Old Trafford Be A Good Move For Everyone Involved?

Ronaldo is still an expert at creating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He remains a lethal finisher in the final third but has lost his touch from dead-ball situations. However, there is no doubt that the 173-time Portugal international can still score goals for fun when he is playing with confidence on the pitch.

Therefore, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might fancy getting him on board as he will add plenty of goals to his attacking department. Plus, a player of Ronaldo’s experience and winning pedigree will be a great presence in the Man United dressing room as he could help inspire some of the young players like Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Marcus Rashford to do well in the coming seasons. At 36, the Portuguese sensation could still have a few good years left in him to play at the highest level which makes him a good short-term option for Solskjaer to consider before the start of the new campaign.

All in all, Ronaldo’s return to Manchester will be a good move for both the player and the club. Plus, Juventus will also benefit from moving him on by getting a cut-price fee for him during this summer transfer period.

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