Daily US Times: British Football club Manchester United has confirmed that they have reached an agreement to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Italian club Juventus.
United have agreed to pay £12.8m for the Portuguese superstar, with the deal subject to personal terms, a visa and a medical.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games in his first spell at Manchester United before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.
A United statement said: “Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
United’s announcement came after a dramatic 24 hours about the speculation of the 36-year-old. Neighbours Manchester City had looked to be one of the favourites to sign him and some reports suggested personal terms had already been agreed between the two.
However, Ronaldo has opted to return to Manchester United where he spent 6 years and won three Premier League titles, two League Cups, one Champions League and one FA Cup – as well as the Community Shield and Fifa Club World Cup – under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Initially, the Portuguese thought there was no chance of a deal with his former club, but the British club have decided to make it happen, while Manchester City has missed out on another striker option after main target Harry Kane committed to Tottenham.
Speaking before Manchester City face Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, manager Pep Guardiola said: “Cristiano is a Juventus player. I cannot add anything else.
United only appeared to become an option for Ronaldo when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in a news conference on Friday afternoon that their former star “knows that we’re here”.
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