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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.
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.
Elsewhere, negotiations between PSG and Real Madrid over the signing of Kylian Mbappe are still ongoing after the Spanish club put in a second bid for the French star on Thursday.
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It is the latest blockbuster move of the transfer window, coming barely two weeks after Lionel Messi — Ronaldo’s long-time rival — joined Paris Saint-Germain after his contract at Barcelona expired. PSG forward Kylian Mbappe is also the subject of a bid from Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo Has Left Juventus and Will Return to Manchester United
The Premier League club announced on Friday, in a €15 million deal with a potential further €8m in add-ons, according to ESPN sources.
The 36-year-old will again play at Old Trafford 12 years after leaving United to join Real Madrid in 2009, where he remained until joining Juventus in 2018. A statement from United read, “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.
“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cup, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Agrees to Manchester United Return
Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus and will return to Manchester United, the Premier League club announced on Friday, in a €15 million deal with a potential further €8m in add-ons, according to ESPN sources.
The 36-year-old will again play at Old Trafford 12 years after leaving United to join Real Madrid in 2009, where he remained until joining Juventus in 2018.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, once a teammate of Ronaldo, said: “He is the greatest player of all time, definitely.”
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He first joined United from Portuguese side Sporting CP in 2003. In the following six years, he swiftly became one of the most fearsome strikers in the world, winning the first of his five FIFA world player of the year awards.
The Portugal international then left for Madrid in 2009 for a then-world-record fee of £80 million but will now make an emotional return.
ESPN reported in June that Ronaldo’s representatives were gauging interest from some of Europe’s top clubs ahead of his potential departure from Juventus this summer after three years in Italy.
Manchester City were one of the clubs who looked at the possibility, but on Friday sources told ESPN they had pulled out of the race.
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Rio Ferdinand has confirmed that he spoke to his former United teammate asking him not to move to the Etihad Stadium, Talks between Ronaldo, United and Juventus began on Thursday night.
Ronaldo did not train with Juventus on Friday, and instead left Italy on a private jet. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri later confirmed that Ronaldo had asked to leave the club before the transfer deadline on Aug. 31.
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