MANCHESTER UNITED are facing a fight to hold on to Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid are looking to make a comeback.
Real Madrid are ‘increasing interest’ in the idea of a reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports. The Manchester United star has been in impressive form this season, scoring 23 times despite a tough struggle under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. But, despite his impressive performances, his long -term future at Old Trafford is shrouded in uncertainty.
Ronaldo was a shining light in the midst of a difficult struggle for United, scoring more goals than any other player at Old Trafford.
And, meanwhile, The Sunday Mirror says Real Madrid are looking at a dramatic reunion with the Portuguese international at the end of the season.
While Kylian Mbappe is their priority, Los Blancos feel Ronaldo will bring ‘sure goals’ to the team.
He certainly died in his ninth year in Spain, scoring 451 goals from 438 appearances.
Ronaldo also led them to Champions League titles in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 before leaving for Juventus.
The real men first allowed Ronaldo to leave four years ago because they felt he had entered the dark years of his career.
But his performances for United this season suggest the 37-year-old is left in the man.
Real will be happy to give Ronaldo more action, although Karim Benzema is now the center of their attack.
And although the United star is under contract with the Red Devils until 2023, there is no guarantee he will stay.
It will be a new season at Old Trafford this summer, with Erik ten Hag set to replace Rangnick at the end of the tournament.
And Ronaldo’s position under the Dutchman is unclear.
United also want to sign a youngster this summer to bolster their attack, with Darwin Nunez as one of the players to be linked.
And it’s hard to imagine the former Sporting Lisbon star playing second to one, especially given his frustration in front of goal.
Back in 2009, when the former Ronaldo left United, Real had to pay a whopping £ 80 million to secure his signature.
But, in the meantime, the report says Florentino Perez’s team should spend just £ 10m on the first salary.
The final event remains to be seen.
But Real will be able to give Ronaldo the chance to play in the Champions League, something United cannot follow in their fierce competition.
Instead, the Red Devils are stepping up their preparations in the UEFA Conference League or Europa League next quarter.
And their two rivals have never played Ronaldo during his bright career.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports legend Paul Merson will be shocked when Ronaldo ends up staying at United.
“It may be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last year in the Premier League,” Merson said.
“He will want to play in the Champions League as he has played in all his career.
“I wonder if Erik ten Hag wants him there, to be honest. He’s trying to build his team with 37 -year -old Ronaldo.
And Merson also thinks Ronaldo is a good signing for PSG.
“PSG can go for him and he will be their short -term replacement for Kylian Mbappe,” the former Arsenal and Portsmouth star added.
“There is only one thing PSG want and that is the Champions League. Ronaldo is a proven asset in that competition.
“He scored goals, he sold shirts, he did it all. Ligue 1 is an easy league – and Ronaldo will be able to focus on the Champions League at PSG.
“With Lionel Messi already at the club, we might see two of the best players of all time playing for the same team.”