Manchester United have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Juventus to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, with the move subject to personal terms and a medical being completed.
The 36-year-old – who previously spent six years at Old Trafford before moving to Real Madrid – informed Juventus earlier this week that he wanted to leave Turin.
Initially it was Premier League champions Manchester City who emerged as frontrunners for Ronaldo’s signature, but United moved quickly to hijack the deal and agreed a fee with Juventus on Friday afternoon.
A statement read: ‘Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
‘Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.’
Ronaldo was persuaded to snub City after being inundated with messages from former United teammates, including the likes of Rio Ferdinand, while he also spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday morning.