The Portugal captain appears to be getting closer to a return.
Manchester United could end their quiet period in the transfer market in the most sensational way as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo flies to Manchester.
The 28-year-old has been linked to the club the forward spent six years at for some time, as despite having been in blistering form in Spain the Portuguese ace has always hankered for a return to Old Trafford.
Re. Paddy Crerrand and Ronaldo. Can confirm that Ronaldo is in Manchester and did fly in today.
— Alistair Fergusson (@Fergie1975) August 12, 2013
The Sky Sports editor tweeted on Monday as Ronaldo reportedly arrived in England to discuss the possibility of a transfer to United.
Although the deal may seem unlikely, several indicators in recent weeks point towards the fact that the Portugal international could be in line for a Premier League comeback.
Firstly, Madrid’s pursuit of Gareth Bale would certainly shake things up at the Santiago Bernabeu, with both the Welshman and Ronaldo operating in similar roles and the Tottenham Hotspur star likely to steal some of the limelight from the winger.
Secondly, and admittedly less poignantly, the Red Devils have freed up the famous No.7 shirt that the Los Blancos player loves to wear.
Not only does the number have a great tradition at United – as worn by legends David Beckham, Eric Cantona and George Best – but Ronaldo also dons the jersey and is branded as CR7.
Therefore the fact that Antonio Valencia revealed the South American had given up the shirt ahead of the Community Shield on Sunday, to revert back to 25, could signal the Premier League champions are making a path for their former talisman.