The Portuguese forward sent shockwaves across the footballing world last week by announcing he no longer wanted to play in Spain.
But according to Sky Sports, the Portuguese is wary of the astronomical cost and time-consuming nature of any deal inevitably obscuring their preparations for next season.
Spanish outlet Marca have also confirmed that Mourinho will not make a bid for the Ballon D’Or holder – worth a reported £174.5m – this summer.
The Portuguese forward, talented and desired by supporters as he may be, was not on Mourinho’s list of targets handed to Ed Woodward long before securing Champions League qualification.
Manchester United are currently in the process of securing various targets including Ivan Perisic, Alvaro Morata and Eric Dier, and that should remain the priority. These are areas Mourinho highlighted some time ago and they still need to be addressed.
Make no mistake: the prospect of Ronaldo is tantalising, but not if it obscures the stated transfer policy set out earlier this year.