Reports in Spain claim that Jorge Mendes has offered Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United for a return to Juventus this summer. The Portuguese international only swapped Turin for Old Trafford a year ago. But, with the Red Devils failing to qualify for the Champions League, there seems to be a chance he will leave the fallen Premier League giants this summer.
Manchester United had no initial intention of signing Ronaldo a year ago.
But, when it became clear he would be leaving Juventus, the Red Devils decided to intervene to prevent the striker from joining Manchester City.
Ronaldo did not disappoint in his first season at United, scoring 24 goals in a difficult campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
However, his goals failed to propel the Red Devils into the Champions League qualifying slots.
And, now Sport say Mendes is trying to broker a sensational return to Juventus for the 37-year-old this summer.
Ronaldo previously spent three years with the Serie A giants, sacking them to two Scudetto triumphs in the process.
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But he decided to leave a year ago after deciding the time was right for a new challenge elsewhere.
Juventus finished in the top four last season but were 16 points behind league winners AC Milan, who claimed glory for the first time in more than a decade.
However, Mendes would have “proposed” to his client to return to the Allianz stadium this summer.
If so, however, Ronaldo is expected to take a pay cut – with the United star earning almost £400,000 a week in Manchester.
And Juventus are also focusing on other players at the moment.
Paul Pogba is their priority, with the France international having recently left United on a free transfer for the second time.
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And they are also looking to land Angel Di Maria, who was recently sacked by Paris Saint-Germain after eight years in France.
Ronaldo has indicated he will stay at United for the start of the Erik ten Hag era, with the 52-year-old having recently been named the club’s new boss.
But Jamie Carragher has recently expressed belief that Ten Hag would be wise to drop the striker this summer.
“I am convinced [Ten Hag] has to do it with Ronaldo. I am convinced,” he told Sky Sports.
“Whether he’s cleared or not, and I’ve said this consistently throughout this season, he wasn’t a good signing.
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“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, and I’m considered the guy who criticizes Ronaldo.
“Ronaldo is a better player than me; I couldn’t even lace his boots, obviously. But I’m not saying that to disrespect him – he’s amazing.
“Ronaldo has never played in such a bad team. He has always played for great teams. His attitude of trying to be the main man, to achieve the goals, to get people going; when you do part of a great team, they are seen as positive.
“When you’re not playing for a big team, that can be seen as a negative, and I think that’s been a negative this season.
“Man United cannot go into next season with a striker who is going to be 38. Even if he scores goals, it’s not good for Man United – one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Ronaldo has penned an emotional statement to Juventus fans following his move to United last August.
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He wrote: “Today I leave an incredible club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and my soul for Juventus and I will always love the city of Turin until my last days.
“The ‘tiffosi bianconeri’ have always respected me and I have tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition.
“At the end of the day, we can all look back and realize that we’ve achieved great things, not everything we wanted to, but still, we’ve written a really great story together.
“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my story, as I feel I am part of yours.
“Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you will always be in my heart.”