Portuguese may make emotional return to Old Trafford this summer.
Premier League leaders Manchester United are hoping to take advantage of the breakdown in Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract discussions with Real Madrid in order to lure the highly-talented Portugal international back to Old Trafford at the end of the season, according to the Daily Star.
The 28-year-old is currently involved in complex discussions with those in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu over the terms of his next long-term deal in the Spanish capital, however, the playmaker is said to be extremely unhappy with the hard-line stance that Madrid are currently believed to be taking with him.
At present, Real receive 40 per cent of the player’s individual personal endorsements, which are so profitable that in effect it means Ronaldo ends up paying the club more than they pay him in wages, a ridiculous situation that he wants rectifying in his next contract in Madrid.
However, if this financial situation cannot be resolved, then the forward will leave the club this summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side thought to be his favoured destination, especially if the Red Devils can find the £55 million transfer fee to sign the player.
And that could become a possibility if General Motors are able to bring forward by a year their £370m Chevrolet sponsorship deal in order to fund Ronaldo’s proposed £200,000-a-week wage packet.