Cristiano Ronaldo is set for a shock return to Manchester United.
According to Italian football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City has decided to pull out of negotiations.
Romano tweeted: “Manchester City have decided to LEAVE negotiations for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He’s NOT joining Manchester City – club position has been so clear in the last minutes.
“Important to clarify: personal terms have never been agreed, same fee for Juventus.”
Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford earlier in his career, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League, before he left for Real Madrid.
“We’ve always had good communication. Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him. And if he was ever gonna move away from Juventus he knows we’re here,” United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, told a press conference on Friday.
“We’ve always had a good communication, Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well. He knows how we feel about him.
“He is a legend of this club, the greatest players of all time if you ask me. So let’s see what happens with him.”
The Athletic state that Ronaldo’s camp are in advanced talks with United over a deal, with a two-year contract mooted.
And Sir Alex Ferguson has even thrown his weight behind the deal by contacting the player personally on Friday morning, according to MEN.
The forward, 36, said his goodbyes to his Juventus colleagues on Friday after informing coach Massimiliano Allegri of his decision to leave.
Allegri confirmed to reporters: “Yesterday Cristiano told me that he has no intention of continuing at Juventus.
“I am absolutely not disappointed. He has made his choice.”