Manchester United are close to making Old Trafford fans’ dreams come true and securing the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the Daily Mail, an eventful day at Manchester United took a sensational twist as chief executive David Gill flew out to Spain for talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent.

Many believed the chances of Ronaldo returning to his old club would have been hit by the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, but this latest report would suggest the move may still be on.

Real Madrid are being tipped for a summer overhaul this year with manager Jose Mourinho supposedly heading for Chelsea – losing their best player in the same transfer window would be a massive blow.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s name will go down in Real Madrid lore after he scored his 200th goal for the club on Wednesday night and did so in only his 197th appearance.

It is an astonishing record and the Portugal captain has always spoken of Sir Alex Ferguson as the man that accommodated his talent so it could blossom fully.

Any deal to take Ronaldo back to Manchester United is likely to be an extremely expensive one, but recent reports have suggested some Old Trafford sponsors are ready to step in and subsidise the deal.

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