Cristiano Ronaldo ‘discussing two-year contract with Man Utd’ ahead of potential transfer

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Cristiano Ronaldo has held talks about a two-year contract with Manchester United, reports claim. The Portugal international had continued to shine in Turin this term, scoring 25 goals from 29 Serie A matches. However, he could be sold if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.

While Ronaldo has sparkled, Juventus have endured a problematic campaign under Andrea Pirlo.

The Italians thought their former midfielder would be the ideal replacement for Maurizio Sarri, who was relieved of his duties after just a year in the job.

But things haven’t worked out as they’d hoped.

Juventus have endured a problematic campaign and are primed to relinquish the Scudetto to fierce rivals Inter Milan, while their involvement in next season’s Champions League is also up in the air.

And Ronaldo could be shown the door if they miss out.

Now, Tuttomercatoweb claim that United are in talks with Ronaldo’s camp about a blockbuster return to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens.

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The player previously spent six years in the Premier League between 2003 and 2009, helping to propel the Red Devils to three titles on the trot.

And United are said to be discussing a two-year deal with Ronaldo, though want him to lower his salary in order to make the move.

Jorge Mendes, the veteran’s get, reached out to United, Real Madrid and PSG.

And it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who got back to him in a positive manner, making it clear they’re only willing to pay Ronaldo half of what he currently earns.

At Juventus, he pockets £27million a year.

But United don’t want to go that high, perhaps mindful of the fact that Ronaldo is entering the twilight years of his career.

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For now, the 36-year-old is unwilling to play ball.

But Ronaldo could find himself being forced out of Juventus should they miss out on a place in the Champions League, something that would send shockwaves around the world.

The Red Devils have focused on signing younger players in recent years.

But Ronaldo may be too good to turn down and a move to Old Trafford would see him reunite with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his former team-mate.

Solskjaer has regularly hailed Ronaldo, saying last year: “Having played with him, I could always see the desire in Cristiano from his early days.

“We would need to guide him once in a while but he always wanted to be the best in the world and would never let anyone come between him and his goal.

“That says a lot about his tough mentality. It’s probably the environment in which he has grown that has made him so hungry for success. He is the best I have played with.”

And Luke Chadwick thinks the club should sign Ronaldo by using Paul Pogba as bait.

“If United had the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo they’d be foolish to turn it down,” he told Caughtoffside.

“We’ve seen Cavani, who’s slightly younger, the impact he’s had. Ronaldo’s kept himself in great shape over the years, so I’m sure he’d still offer a huge amount.

“What he’s done at the club, he wouldn’t have to win too many fans over. It would be exciting to see him in the Premier League, but it’s probably quite a long shot really.”

Chadwick then added on Pogba: “I’m not sure if anyone’s worth £500-800k a week for playing a game of football, but that’s the way the game’s going, wages are going up and up.

“In my opinion there could be other avenues, you could pay for maybe two or three players with the money you’re talking about there.

“Obviously Pogba’s had a really good second half to the season, being one of United’s stand-out performers, but I don’t think he could really warrant those wages.

“If that’s what he’s demanding and there are other options in the transfer market, I’d certainly look to do that.

“I’m not sure Pogba or anyone – even Bruno Fernandes – is worth £800k a week.”

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