Rumours of a Cristiano Ronaldo move back to his beloved Manchester United are being fueled by high profile commentators, Gary Neville and Guillem Balague are the latest to speak out.
The transfer window slammed shut at 11pm on 01 Sep 2014 and Manhcester United fans thought that this would give them a well deserved break from the endless transfer speculation. However the tabloid hacks won’t ease off, and they have latched onto rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo wants a move back to Manchester United with a vengeance.
Former Old Trafford stalwart, Gary Neville is the latest football figure to give his tuppence worth on the story. Speaking on Sky Sports the pundit mused that with the big name summer signings, especially Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, Manchester United are back at the top table of European football, and now serious contenders to land the Ballon d’Or winner. Assessing the chances of the deal happening he said
“You’d have to say that with what they’ve done with (Angel) Di Maria and (Radamel) Falcao it’s more possible, it has to be, because they’ve shown the real intent to go and sign world-class players. We sat here three or four months ago deliberating over whether Manchester United could attract world-class talent. They’ve absolutely smashed that question out of the water.”
Guillem Balague, the Spanish football pundit has also stuck his oar in insisting that The Portugese legend would love a return to Old Trafford and that the move is real possibility. He cites the departures of big name players from the Bernabeu over the past few seasons as a cause of discontent. He commented on Sky Sports TV
“Anyway, you have to say he’s not happy that Ozil left and he didn’t like the fact that Xabi Alonso and Di Maria left. He has this idea, I think, that at Real Madrid he is doing a job and he is working, but he enjoyed himself almost like a kid at Manchester United. He dreams of going back to Manchester United and Manchester United have got all the finances in place to get him. When will that be? It depends, of course, on a lot of things. It depends on Real Madrid and on Cristiano himself. I have a pretty good idea of when he wants to go. It won’t be this month or next month, but he wants to go back to Manchester United and everything is in place for him to return to Old Trafford.”
These expert views come in the wake of earlier comments in the same vein by ex Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon . While the player himself at a recent event declared his love for Manchester United.
“Everyone knows that — I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart. I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I wish I can come back one day.”
However the return of the Prodigal son would not come cheap, and Manchester United would have to do better than a fatted calf to welcome him back. The Express cites “sources in Germany” claiming that £500,000-a-week would be the superstars wage expectations, even the free spending Old Trafford outfit would surely balk at this astronomical figure.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.