Cristiano Ronaldo wanted a move to Manchester United this summer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Cristiano Ronaldo wanted a move to Manchester United this summer but Florentino Perez refused to sanction an exit after failing to land Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

Sky Sports reported earlier in the summer that Ronaldo, who left Man United for Real Madrid back in 2009, no longer wanted to play in Spain amid a series of tax fraud allegations, prompting speculation of a return to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho ruled out the prospect of a move for the Ballon d’Or holder, who later said in a court hearing that he wanted to make a return to England.

But according to the Times‘ Duncan Castles, Perez was open to selling Ronaldo when it appeared Madrid were on the verge of signing Kylian Mbappe, only to rule out a move after the Frenchman, in the interest of receiving more game time, set his sights on joining Paris Saint Germain instead.

The fact that Ronaldo didn’t join United this summer is not important in itself. What it means in a broader sense, however, is worth making note of.

For the first time since joining the Spanish side, Ronaldo has shown genuine hints of looking towards the exit door. The 32-year-old has clearly grown frustrated with some aspects of life in Spain, and Zidane will feel more inclined to let him go with the likes of Marco Asensio and Isco starting to emerge as world-beaters.

Mourinho ought to remain on his toes and monitor the Portuguese closely ahead of next summer.

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