Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to their former club as Man Utd sits to agree on pay-off off his current £500,000-per-week wages
Manchester United plays West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, and Cristiano Ronaldo is once again the center of attention in the build-up.
After being left out of the squad for the game against Chelsea last weekend, the Portuguese returned to the starting lineup for The Red Devils’ meeting against Sheriff on Thursday.
Ronaldo was left out of the squad after being photographed walking down the tunnel before the final whistle during United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, with Erik ten Hag later claiming that the star had also refused to be substituted.
Ten Hag fined the player £1 million for his actions, and the Dutchman reportedly wants him to leave as soon as possible.
It remains to be seen whether or not Ronaldo will make his return to Premier League action on Sunday, but the Portuguese continue to be linked with an exit from Old Trafford.
Now, Sporting Lisbon is reportedly ready to re-sign the forward in January in what would be a sensational move.
According to The Mirror, the Portuguese side is ready to offer Ronaldo a route out of his Old Trafford nightmare.
The ex-Real Madrid man began his senior career with Sporting, making his debut for the club in 2002.
His impressive run of form in Portugal prompted United to move for the player in 2003, and the Portugal international has since gone on to score over 700 career club goals and win the Ballon d’Or on five occasions.
Sporting’s offer would reportedly require United to give the player a pay-off on his current £500,000-per-week wages, as the Portuguese side simply could not afford it.
Sporting would, however, pay the bulk of the player’s wages, the report says.
Returning to Sporting would potentially allow him to do that, as the club has impressed in Group D of the competition so far this season and is in a good position to secure their place in the last 16.
Ronaldo enjoyed a successful season last term on his return to United, scoring 24 goals in 38 matches across all competitions, but he has struggled this term.
He has scored just once in the Premier League and has primarily been used as a substitute by Ten Hag.
Ronaldo’s agent has reportedly offered the player to several clubs around Europe, including Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, but he is yet to attract any interest.