Man Utd are closing in on a move to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford as they seek to wrap up their transfer business before Tuesday’s deadline
Cristiano Ronaldo shocked the footballing world when news was announced that the Portuguese forward would be returning to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo left Manchester for Real Madrid in 2008 in a then-world record fee of £80million, but the 36-year-old is set to complete his homecoming 13 years later.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively – this summer but the Norwegian boss was then presented with a chance he simply couldn’t refuse.
United are amongst the favourites to win the Premier League title come May, but Solskjaer still has work to do before Tuesday’s deadline.
Here, Mirror Football rounds up all the latest United transfer news…
Ronaldo to have medical
Portuguese superstar Ronaldo is set to undergo a medical in Lisbon this weekend ahead of his astonishing move back to Old Trafford, according to Sky Sports.
Ronaldo left Turin on a private jet on Friday and headed for the Portuguese capital.
United will pay around £12.8m for the 36-year-old with £6.86m in add-ons.
When asked about Ronaldo in his press conference on Friday, Solskjaer said: “I didn’t think Cristiano was gonna turn out leaving Juventus. And it’s been speculation this morning and the last few days.
“We’ve always had good communication. I know Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him. And if he was ever gonna move away from Juventus he knows we’re here.
“We focus on the ones we have there, I don’t want to speculate too much on Cristiano, what’s happening there with the press.
“I’ve said many times with speculation, when you’re Man United, when you’re Ronaldo, when you’re Messi, when you’re Pogba, when you’re Bruno, you have to read a lot about yourselves. So let’s see what happens with Cristiano, he’s such a legend of this club.
“Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club, he’s the greatest player of all time, if you ask me. I was fortunate enough to play with him, I coached him [in 2008] when I got my job. He almost retired me in that Wolverhampton game [in 2003] when I got injured because he kept switching sides!
“Such a tremendous human being, as well. Let’s see what happens with Cristiano. Everyone who’s played with him has a soft spot for him.”
Trippier move off
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While the news of Ronaldo’s imminent arrival has seemed to overshadow the rest of United’s transfer proceedings, one player who will not be joining the club this summer is Kieran Trippier.
According to Manchester Evening News, United have ended their interest in the England right-back.
Diogo Dalot was expected to leave the club before the end of the window, thus paving the way for Trippier’s arrival.
However, it has now been reported that Dalot is likely to stay in Manchester, while United have been unwilling to meet Atletico Madrid’s asking price for Trippier.
The 30-year-old left Spurs for Spain in 2019, but his contract in the Spanish capital expires next summer.
Feyenoord in race to sign Diallo
Dutch giants Feyenoord have joined the race to sign winger Amad Diallo on loan, according to football journalist Fabrizio Romano.
A number of Premier League and Bundesliga clubs are also reportedly interested in the 19-year-old.
The Ivory Coast international joined United from Atalanta for £37million in January, but the teenager was loaned back to the Serie A side for the remainder of the season.
Solskjaer has confirmed the youngster will be exiting the club on loan before the end of the window, but didn’t reveal exactly where Diallo would be heading.
“Yes I do [expect Diallo to go out on loan]. It’s not 100 per cent signed but we’ve agreed,” Solskjaer told the club’s official website.
“I don’t have to say which team it is yet, but we’ve found a place that Amad feels excited about and we feel excited about.”