Manchester United are in pole position to sign Cristiano Ronaldo following the intervention of the Juventus forward’s former Old Trafford teammates
The 36-year-old, who spent six years at United between 2003 and 2009, is set to leave Juventus before the Aug. 31 transfer deadline after confirmation from the Italian club’s coach, Massimiliano Allegri, that he has asked to leave the Serie A team.
Manchester City had seemed to be Ronaldo’s next destination after ESPN sources revealed on Thursday that the former Real Madrid player had spoken on the phone to City manager Pep Guardiola about moving to the Etihad.
But City have now abandoned their attempts to sign Ronaldo, who had become a target following their failure earlier this week to strike a deal with Tottenham for Harry Kane, following United’s late move to open talks with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes on Thursday.
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