Man Utd legend Docherty speaks on 2009 Ronaldo transfer
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Manchester United ‘have appeared’ as possible suitors for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of today’s Premier League clash with Liverpool. The Red Devils go into the game looking to claim victory over their fierce rivals and put Manchester City’s title triumph on hold. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could strengthen his attack when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United are currently blessed with attacking options.
Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood have flourished of late, while Marcus Rashford remains a big asset on the left wing.
And Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Amad all have immense potential, with all three players very much in Solskjaer’s plans.
However, with Cavani being tipped to leave amid interest from Boca Juniors, United have been linked with Ronaldo again.
The Portugal international may leave Juventus at the end of the campaign, with the Serie A giants looking to balance the books in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
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And Marca say that, in recent times, United ‘have appeared’ to try and sign the stalwart.
Ronaldo joined United from Sporting Lisbon back in the summer transfer window of 2003, arriving as David Beckham’s replacement.
And the Portugal international ended up being a huge hit at the Theatre of Dreams, propelling the club to three straight Premier League titles.
The report says United have the financial muscle required to sign Ronaldo, even if the player’s preference would be a return to Real Madrid.
And it’s also claimed they have an ‘excellent’ relationship with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
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Mendes used to represent David De Gea, though the two parted ways last year.
And United could tap into their excellent relationship with the Portuguese to bring Ronaldo back, 12 years after he left for Real Madrid.
Should that happen, the Red Devils would be signing one of the deadliest players in world football.
Though Ronaldo is entering the twilight years of his career, the 36-year-old has still managed 25 goals and three assists from 29 matches this term.
And he also found the net four times from six matches in the Champions League before Juventus were eliminated by Porto.
Meanwhile, though United appear to want Ronaldo back, Troy Deeney said last year the veteran would be better off joining Wolves instead.
“I think I was more looking at a club like Wolves with the Portugal connection,” he told talkSPORT.
“Whoever is getting him is getting an unbelievable talent.
“This season I think six in four he has already got in Serie A. You are not going to get the same Ronaldo you had at Manchester United. I think that’s always going to be the comparison.
“You look at Gareth Bale, for example, he has gone back to Tottenham. You’re comparing him already to the one that left to go to Madrid.
“You are still going to get goals from Ronaldo and you are still going to get goals from Bale. That’s going to be the forefront of everyone’s mind, is he to that level?
“If he’s available, I would be very surprised if there wasn’t a top ten club trying to sign him in the Premier League.”
And he then added: “I like Wolves. It is the odd one out [compared to the clubs Ronaldo has played at]. If he went to America and went to LA Galaxy. We would go ‘oh, that’s a bit strange’.
“I think Wolves are creating something there with the players that they have where they will push for the top six in the next few years.
“Then, of course, as I said the Portugal connection and there are so many positives. If you want to go to the next level then that’s the player you need to go for.”
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