Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United this week amid claims he is looking to leave Juventus.
The Portugal international requested to be named on the bench for the Old Lady’s Serie A opener with Udinese on Sunday, despite being fit to play.
Juve are adamant Ronaldo will not be leaving, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s agent Jorge Mendez is alleged to have made his client available for sale at £25million.
Juventus have not received any bids for the forward, and the club’s vice-chairman Pavel Nedved recently played down speculation that Ronaldo’s request to be left out of the starting XI was down to him pushing for an exit.
Nedved told DAZN: “Do not look for sensational things when there aren’t any.
“It was a joint decision with the coach because we’re at the start of the season and it is normal that he’s not fully fit.”
Juventus are seemingly confident they can fend off interest in their prized asset, but until the transfer window slams shut speculation will remain.
And Manchester United will continue to be linked with their former star turn.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer briefly played alongside Ronaldo at Manchester United, and the duo have remained friends since.
According to The Athletic, Solskjaer is in regular contact with the Portugal international, and is open to the idea of bringing him back to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo hasn’t spoken out about Solskjaer publicly in recent years, but he has previously discussed his relationship with the Norwegian.
In 2008, when Solskjaer was making the move into coaching, Ronaldo said of him: “He’s very good”. look for Ole like a man, not just coach now.
“He’s a fantastic guy and I have a great relationship with him.”
Manchester United splashed £73million on Jadon Sancho this summer in a bid to close the gap on Man City and win a first title since 2013.
Sancho is a huge fan of Ronaldo, admitting he modelled his game on the former Man United winger, and would seemingly be all for playing alongside him at Old Trafford.
“I feel like I’ve got different attributes to all the other players, but obviously Cristiano Ronaldo and what he’s done in his career is a fantastic thing,” said Sancho.
“Where he started at Sporting Lisbon and then he came to Manchester so it’s always good to see that all these iconic players have come through an iconic club.”
Manchester United vice-chairman Joel Glazer made a promise to fans ahead of the transfer window, in which he revealed he’d be backing the club financially.
He said: “We want this club to always be successful and win trophies. To compete for trophies requires significant investment.
“The commercial growth at the club has helped deliver the revenue which ultimately underpins that investment in a sustainable manner.