Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United has become more likely after an agreement with Monaco was torn up.
The Portuguese forward has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that he is unhappy at the Bernabeu.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admitted on Friday that a move for Ronaldo was 'possible', and a move could be on the cards next year. According to the Daily Mail there was one huge obstacle in the way of Ronaldo making a return to Manchester United - the fact that he had an agreement in place with Monaco.
The paper claim that when Ronaldo signed a contract extension with Real Madrid last, his agent Jorge Mendes worked in a clause that allowed him to move to Monaco when he is over 30 to collect a 'platinum pension'.
However that agreement has now been torn up - because Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev's attempts to make the Ligue 1 club a superpower have gone wrong. The Russian has started selling off his biggest assets such as Radamel Falcao - who has joined Manchester United on loan - as he seemingly pulls the plug on the project 12 or so months ago.
That will play into Manchester United's hands perfectly as they try to resign their former player. The 29-year-old would likely cost in the region of £60 million - although the Red Devils won't have it all their own way with Chelsea also said to be in the race for his signature.
A move to Chelsea over Manchester United seems unlikely however - boss Jose Mourinho publicly criticised Ronaldo last week while also revealing he had no relationship with the forward despite their time together at Real Madrid.
The biggest obstacle as things stand now is Ronaldo's £15 million contract he signed last year - Madrid are unlikely to want to sell up and could demand a huge fee from either Chelsea or Manchester United.