Manchester United confirm Cristiano Ronaldo return
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Cristiano Ronaldo will be Manchester United’s next summer signing after a fee with Juventus was agreed on Friday. The Portugal international previously spent six years at Old Trafford. And he’s now set to join Bruno Fernandes as central figures in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack.
Manchester United weren’t initially planning to sign Ronaldo.
But, when it emerged he was close to joining Manchester City, the Red Devils sprung into action to complete a deal.
United then announced the return of Ronaldo on Friday, saying: “Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
“In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
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And he may agree with Fernandes when it comes to United potentially signing Ruben Neves from Wolves.
The Portugal international has been a target throughout the summer and, with the clock ticking down, there’s still time for the Red Devils to strike a deal.
It was told by Eurosport’s Dean Jones earlier in the summer that Fernandes wanted Neves to join the club, having been impressed by his compatriot.
“That final position will be in midfield,” he said last month on The Football Terrace podcast.
“It’s just a case of is it Ruben Neves? Is it a defensive midfielder? It’s all going to depend and it would really give us an insight into what Solskjaer’s mentality is going into the season and what type of football we can expect from him.
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“Is he sticking with that McTominay and Fred? Or is he going to be more open than that, with a ball-player like Neves that can come in.
“I’m told that the Neves pursuit is genuine. And while Arsenal are the most active in trying to get that over the line, United are still in the conversation.
“Bruno Fernandes is obviously very keen for Neves to join and the club are aware of that.”
And Ronaldo may be in agreement.
The incoming star has played alongside Neves for Portugal, with the pair helping their country win the Nations League together.
The Wolves star was on the bench for their 1-0 victory over Holland in June 2019.
But he came on to help them win, with Gonzalo Guedes scoring the only goal of the game.
Ronaldo liked playing alongside Nani at Old Trafford, another compatriot he had a close bond with.
And, at Real Madrid, he was close to Fabio Coentrao and Pepe.
There were even rumours during his stint at the Bernabeu that Coentrao was only signed because of Ronaldo wanting more countrymen around him.
So Neves could be a way of keeping both of United’s star players happy, especially as they look to negotiate a new Fernandes contract.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage recently opened up on the 24-year-old.
And he stated that, while he wants to keep Neves, every player has a price.
“All the top players we have are linked with all the clubs in the world,” he said.
“If you go to Portugal, the top players at Benfica are all linked with moves to Wolves.
“Ruben is happy here and we are happy with him. We are not thinking to let anyone leave, but every player has a price.
“You never know, if Messi changes to PSG then anyone can go.”
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