Manchester United reach agreement with Juventus for Ronaldo
- The transfer market hotted up on Thursday with the news that Manchester City have been holding talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives over a possible move.
- 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.
- However, in a dramatic turn of events rivals Manchester United confirmed on Friday afternoon that they have reached an agreement to bring the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back to Old Trafford.
- 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.
Ronaldo returns to Manchester United: how the deal was done
It was on Thursday afternoon that Jorge Mendes decided to call Manchester United to see if they may be interested in the offer of a lifetime. After three days of negotiations between the Portuguese super agent and officials from Manchester City and Juventus as he scrambled to find a new home for his most famous client before next week’s transfer deadline, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future was finally settled in a matter of hours.
Ronaldo first asked his representative to sound out potential suitors as he prepared to return for pre-season training in mid-July under new head coach Massimiliano Allegri. Having signed a four-year contract worth a staggering €31m a season after tax when he moved to Italy from Real Madrid in 2018, it is understood that he was keen to pursue a new challenge after Portugal’s exit in the last-16 of Euro 2020.
The inside story of how the Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United transfer unfolded
When a contact messaged on Friday morning to say Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Manchester City was ‘gathering pace’, it was impossible not to think of those fleeting deadline day reports in 2008, when Sky Sports News speculated that Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov had been ‘kidnapped’ by Sir Alex Ferguson on the Manchester Airport tarmac.