Solskjaer teases late move to bring Ronaldo back to Man United
Manchester United in pole position to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after rivals City drop out the race for the Portugal star as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Bruno Fernandes has been talking to his Portugal team-mate over his future
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to rule out a late move for Cristiano Ronaldo
- Shortly after his press conference, Man City withdrew interest in Ronaldo
- Solskjaer said Bruno Fernandes has been talking to Ronaldo about his future
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened the door for Cristiano Ronaldo to make a dramatic return to Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was in talks with neighbours Manchester City after the Portugal star decided to leave Juventus, but it emerged on Friday afternoon that Pep Guardiola’s side will not sign him.
The Italian club wanted a £25million transfer fee but City were pushing for a free transfer and for Ronaldo to take a pay cut on his £500,000-a-week wages.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has teased a late Manchester United move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo
Solskjaer said Bruno Fernandes has been talking to Ronaldo about his future
And United sensationally signalled their interest in the Old Trafford legend on Friday when Solskjaer made it clear that he would welcome the 36-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner back to the club.
‘Ronaldo is a legend of the club, and the greatest player of all time, if you ask me,’ said the United boss. ‘I didn’t think he’d leave Juventus. We’ve always had a good communication and I know Bruno (Fernandes) has been talking to him.
‘He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows we’re here.
‘When you are Messi, Ronaldo, Pogba or Bruno, you have to read a lot about yourself. Let’s see what happens with Cristiano, because he is a legend of this club.
‘I don’t want to speculate too much on Cristiano. We focus on the ones we have here. I’ve said many times, when you’re Man United or (Lionel) Messi, Ronaldo you read a lot about yourself.
‘I was fortunate to play with him and coach him. Everyone who has played with him has a soft spot for him.’
Asked if he wanted another new player after signing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer, Solskjaer added: ‘Any manager is always looking for a little bit more.
‘I have to say the transfer business we’ve done this summer, I’m happy with the numbers, quality and personalities we’ve brought in. They fit each other really well. You’re never comfortable as a manager, but the chemistry is there and I’m very happy with what we’ve done.’
Ronaldo and Solskjaer were team-mates at United during the Portugal star’s time at the club
Solskjaer said that he is open to new additions at United before the transfer window shuts
United have so far swooped for Jadon Sancho (left) and Raphael Varane in the summer window
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed earlier on Friday that Ronaldo has played his last game for the Italian giants and at that point, it seemed that the Portugal star was destined to sign for Pep Guardiola’s City side.
Allegri said: ‘Yesterday, Ronaldo told me that he no longer has any intention to play for Juventus.
‘He is not available for tomorrow’s match against Empoli. He’s going to look for a new club after three years here.’
Ronaldo bid his team-mates farewell in a 40-minute meeting with his Juventus team-mates on Friday morning and at that point, his moved to City looked to be becoming a formality.
But Solskjaer, who played alongside Ronaldo at United, has made a dramatic intervention amid outcry from United’s fanbase at one of their finest every players joining their fierce rivals.
City manager Guardiola was coy over the prospect of signing Ronaldo at his own press conference on Friday, before it emerged the club had withdrawn from the race to sign him.
Pep Guardiola said Ronaldo will decide his future soon amid the City and United interest
Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Ronaldo has played his last game for Juventus
‘In the three or four days anything can happen,’ he said. ‘There are few players, Ronaldo included who decide where they are going to play. There are many things that are far away’.
‘We have had the chance to enjoy the best two players in world football (Ronaldo and Messi) – all we can say is thank you.
‘The Portuguese and Argentinian guys – what they have done, honestly, we will not watch something similar in the future.
‘I am incredibly happy with the squad I have. More than satisfied. We are the same guys except Sergio left and Jack arrived. I focus on what we have to do and the players we have right now.’
Ronaldo arrived at the Juventus training ground at 9:20am on Friday morning
Wayne Rooney does not believe Ronaldo will risk his legacy at United by joining Man City
Derby manager Wayne Rooney, another of Ronaldo’s United team-mates, dismissed the prospect of Ronaldo turning out for the blue half of Manchester.
Rooney said: ‘I don’t know what to make of it, to be honest. ‘If you’re asking me if I think it’s possible then I have major doubts that it is a possibility.
‘Cristiano has got a great legacy at United. I don’t think he’s going to move somewhere for financial reasons.’
In a separate interview with talkSPORT, Rooney said: ‘I think Cristiano has got a very good legacy at Manchester United and I know how proud he is as a player and a person. I can’t see it, but it’s football so you never know.’
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