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Manchester United reaches deal with Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo return

AFP

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Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his team's third goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Hungary and Portugal at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 15, 2021.
ALEX PANTLING / POOL / AFPPortugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his team's third goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Hungary and Portugal at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 15, 2021.

Portuguese soccer star returning to Old Trafford 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid

Manchester United announced on Friday they have reached a deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, 12 years after he left Old Trafford for Real Madrid.

"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," United said in a statement.

"Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester."

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United's swoop capped a tumultuous 24 hours during which Ronaldo initially seemed poised to join cross-town rivals Manchester City.

Premier League champions City had been widely linked with a move for the Portuguese forward after missing out on England captain Harry Kane.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted a deal was in the offing during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Wolves.

"Cristiano is a legend of this club, he's the greatest player of all time if you ask me," said Solskjaer, who played alongside Ronaldo.

"We've always had a good communication. I know Bruno (Fernandes) has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move from Juventus, he knows that we're here."

Sky Sport Italia reported that United has offered Juve 28 million euros ($33 million), agreeing to a two-year deal with the superstar attacker worth 25 million euros per season.