Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has fallen out of love with life in the Spanish capital and is now ready to return to the Premier League next season, with either Manchester United or far more shockingly Manchester City.
That is according to the Express, who believe that Ronaldo's frustration over the sale of Madrid stars Angel di Maria and Mesut Ozil has helped make his mind up that he should attempt to force a surprise exit next summer, but not necessarily an emotional return to Old Trafford.
City, Paris Saint-Germain and even Chelsea are all reportedly on Ronaldo's radar, with the Express also openly debating whether United's commitment to a permanent £54 million deal for Radamel Falcao could stand in the way of a £60m that would send Red Devils fans into raptures.
Deal worth £60m minimum
Ronaldo turns 30 in February but that doesn't mean Madrid would be prepared to sell the current Ballon d'Or Holder for anything less than £60 million.
That lofty valuation is hardly surprising but could potentially stop United chasing a dream transfer next summer, with the purse strings surely in need of tightening of some stage after a record £150m outlay on the likes of Angel di Maria, Falcao and Ander Herrera this year.
Man United's commercial arm are definitely open to bringing Ronaldo the back the club he served with such distinction before leaving for Madrid in 2009, although there are rivals and obstacles to clear in equal measure before it can even be deemed feasible.
Surely not City?
The Express believes that Ronaldo's relationship with Real chiefs has soured to such an extent that he'd even be willing to sign for City, a club who could match his salary demands after a re-jig to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.
Van Gaal may also ultimately choose to concentrate on his own transfer targets even if Ronaldo is available, so it might be worth United fans tempering expectations that an emotional reunion with their former flying number seven is on the cards just for the time being.
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