Barcelona have entered the race to sign Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, reports the Daily Star.
Citing reports from Spanish sources AS and El Larguero, it has been suggested that Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes met with Barcelona's presidential candidate Joan Laporta yesterday.
It appears, then, that Laporta wants to land a world-class signing as he attempts to return to the Nou Camp after a previous spell at the club between 2003 and 2010. Barcelona do, however, have an upcoming transfer ban to contend with, but it's likely that they're about to appeal it once again in the near future.
And if the ban is overturned, then it could give them the platform to move for for the World Player of the Year in a potential deal that would prove one of the most controversial of all-time.
The news of Barcelona's interest, then, may well come as a blow to Premier League outfit Manchester United, who have also been linked with a move for the Portuguese superstar in recent time.
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- Ronaldo scores penalty in training; celebrates like he's won World Cup
Manchester United return?
Ronaldo, of course, departed the The Theatre of Dreams in favour of a move to the Bernabeu for a then world record fee of £80 million in 2009, but it appears that the Red Devils could make an attempt to bring their hero back to England's elite division in 2015.
It certainly won't be easy for Manchester United to land him, however, with Real Madrid looking to keep hold of their prized asset. After all, Ronaldo has gone from strength-to-strength in La Liga in recent time after producing a number of world class displays for the club.
Ronaldo has already netted an incredible 18 league goals in just 11 games in La Liga this season, and will be hoping to help the club achieve back-to-back European trophies this term.
If Real decided to cash in on the attacking superstar in the near future, then a monster battle may well take place between some of Europe's top clubs. Surely, though, the Real Madrid hierarchy wouldn't let Ronaldo team up with Lionel Messi and Co. at Barcelona, would they?