Rumours in the football media and casinos in the UK suggest that Alex Ferguson could be set to make a shock move to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid – although any move would be very unlikely to happen ahead of next summer. At the moment, the chances of Ronaldo heading back to United would represent an outside bet for any sports gambler wanting to wager on the possibility, but there is little question that Ferguson is monitoring the player’s situation very closely.
Both Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, have remained on friendly terms with Ferguson since the player’s departure to Madrid in 2009, and the United manager is also close to Real’s manager Jose Mourinho all of which would make a possible transfer easier to negotiate.
In the wake of Ronaldo’s widely reported unhappiness Real have moved quickly to dampen down speculation about the player’s future at the club in the media and at betting sites, but the stories about Ronaldo’s difficult relationship with other members of the Madrid team and his difficulty in coping with the attention he receives in Madrid will ensure speculation continues. Of course, should he become available for transfer, United would not be the only big name club linked with him; already Manchester City have also been touted as a possible destination, but the continuing fan support for him at Old Trafford could be a crucial factor.
The comparative lack of devotion to him amongst the Real Madrid fans is said to be another factor in his disillusionment, which would make the prospect of reuniting with a club which has made no secret of its continued love for him an attractive one. Ferguson is said to have already alerted the Glazer family to the situation, and asked them to find the money for Ronaldo should a deal be possible.