It is 11 years since Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United and the search is still on to replace him.
Really it was an impossible task, but it is still disappointing how nobody wearing the number seven shirt since has come close to his level of success.
Meanwhile Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength, winning four Champions League titles with Real Madrid.
His subsequent move to Juventus has seen him win Serie A twice, but fail to win the Champions League with the Italians.
Now with a change of management in Italy, there is talk of Juventus trying to separate themselves from Ronaldo and his costly contract.
Guillem Balague told BBC Radio 5 Live that Ronaldo’s powerful agent Jorge Mendes is pushing to try and find him a new club.
He explained: “The reason why Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked to PSG, it’s not so much that PSG are thinking of getting him. It’s because Jorge Mendes has been given instructions to actually find a team for Ronaldo. We have seen this in the last six months, he was linked to Real Madrid.
“Juventus want to get rid of that wage. It’s as drastic as that. He’s been offered everywhere, including Barcelona.”
It is only a matter of time before he is offered to Manchester United. Perhaps it has already happened.
Mendes managed to secure Bruno Fernandes’ move to Old Trafford earlier this year and has worked with United extensively in the past.
And with United so far striking out in pursuit of Jadon Sancho, Ronaldo would certainly fit the criteria in terms of star power, and reclaim his former number seven shirt.
Linking up with Portugal teammate Fernandes may appeal to Ronaldo ahead of Euro 2021 and World Cup 2022.
Don’t think Woodward would not be tempted
With Ed Woodward coming under increasing pressure, do not think he would not be tempted to bring Ronaldo back on a short term deal.
Unlike other ageing stars United should avoid, Ronaldo is an exception at 35, in that like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he may be able to keep going at the top level for another five years.
This past season he scored 37 goals in 46 games for Juventus, including 31 in 33 Serie A matches.
Do we think a deal will happen? Probably not, no. Do we think it will be discussed, via agents or internally at United? Yes there is a good chance.
Could unsettle balance of the team
If United want to compete for the title next season, and make a serious Champions League run, Ronaldo would help.
He could drag the team to victories and his presence alone would be a game changer.
But it would also represent a shift from building a team more organically towards winning silverware, to trying to turbo-charge the team’s development.
Perhaps it is needed to catch Liverpool, yet it could have a negative impact on some of this season’s key players, like Anthony Martial, who is establishing himself as first choice forward.
There is no decision to be made yet, and it would be a hefty financial commitment, but for one or two seasons, signing Ronaldo may be worth it.
If there is no success moving for Sancho, and United want a big name, then Ronaldo’s reported desire to leave Juventus may actually fit out of convenience.
In the case that Ronaldo is serious about leaving Juventus, it would be a surprise if both sides do not even consider the possibility of linking up one last time.
And if no deal can be done anywhere, expect Ronaldo and Juventus to patch things up, get on the same page, and go again next season.
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