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Manchester United ‘crunching the numbers’ to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo; don’t get sucked in to click bait!

Manchester United are reportedly ‘crunching the numbers’ in order to beat Juventus to the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. The report, coming from The Sun has suggested that the £88 million move for the Portuguese forward could be matched by United, who could tempt him with a return to Old Trafford which could see him earn £500,000 per week. The report states that United were ‘not frightened by the fee or his salary’, which seems quite cynical coming from this newspaper who moaned about the seemingly made-up wage of Alexis Sanchez in January.

Nine years ago today, Ronaldo was presented to 80,000 Real Madrid supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu after completing his move from United. It is suggested the United would offer Ronaldo, now 33, a three-year contract at the Old Trafford club but to me, it all sounds convenient. United were interested in signing Gareth Bale this summer ever since he suggested he would speak to his agent after the UEFA Champions League final, in which the Welshman scored a brace to win his side their fourth Champions League trophy in five years.

However, it is suggested that United have, albeit privately, conceded that the Welshman will not be leaving the Madrid club this summer. Based on this, it is said that Ronaldo became the brunt of talks amongst the United hierarchy, which seems plausible but makes me wonder how The Sun would know about it. Perhaps United’s executives telephone the newspaper after every meeting they have, just to keep them in the loop.

The Sun really makes me wonder what is happening with journalism. These journalists moan when supporters set their own websites up and report on things they know about and understand. This then results in supporters, of any club, mocking the said newspaper because of the way they see fit to report things what seem to have no proof of actually happening. It has been reported that United were thinking about making a move for Ronaldo by other newspapers but no sources are mentioned, which could mean it is nothing but rubbish to keep the clicks coming in.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that Ronaldo has accepted the contract offered by Juventus, which would see him earn €30 million a year, until the end of June 2022. It is also stated that the player is waiting on Real Madrid to find total agreement so he can go and sort out everything with his transfer. He also stated that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes is working on this. Now, Romano is part fo Gianluca DiMarzio’s team, who hold a high level of credibility. I trust them more than The Sun.

I would suggest that United are not involved in anything right now and possibly they don’t intend to get involved. If United had involved themselves, it would not be an article in The Sun that confirms that, incidentally, the same article suggests that United want Willian from Chelsea but they were not willing to meet Chelsea’s demands of £70 million. If this was positive news about United preparing to get themselves involved in the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, surely the entire article would be about that, not adding text about something completely different.

It seems that Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid this summer but his destination would seem to be Turin. Not one credible Italian journalist has mentioned United. It would be widely known if another club, other than Juventus, were in for Ronaldo this summer. There are lots of United supporters who would welcome Ronaldo back to the club but adding seriousness to that, if it happened, which seems increasingly unlikely, where would he play. He is a goalscorer and would demand to play as a forward.

Who would suffer more; Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, or Marcus Rashford?

It is great that so many people want Ronaldo back at the club but let’s look back at all the times he was tipped to return to the club. What happened there? There were endless stories. Websites set up to ‘bring Ronaldo home’, there was a fund to raise money to pay for the player. There were many denials from Ronaldo and his camp, which seemed to make people more excited, then Ronaldo committed his future to Real Madrid each time, suggesting he wanted to retire at Real Madrid. Where there is Ronaldo, there is drama. It’s a nice though, but it does not seem to be happening, again!

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