Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Cristiano Ronaldo, David De Gea Rumours

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 03: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly “wants a sensational return to Manchester United” after seemingly deciding he wants to leave Real Madrid, and David De Gea could be used as a makeweight in a big-money deal for the superstar.

The Sun‘s Neil Custis and Nick Rostron-Pike reported Los Blancos will likely accept around £150 million for the 32-year-old, and United—who would not be prepared to pay that—could offset the cost by offering De Gea as a make-weight.

Marca‘s Juan Ignacio Garcia-Ochoa (adapted by Euan McTear) reported Real would want slightly more than that, in the region of €200 million (£175 million).

Further, former Red Devils boss Alex Ferguson—who maintains a close relationship with Ronaldo—is a club director at Old Trafford and he “would be on hand to smooth the path” for the Portugal international to make the switch.

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 03:  In this handout image provided by UEFA, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid poses with the Man of the Match award and Sir Alex Ferguson after the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of W

Handout/Getty Images

Ronaldo has reportedly told Real he wants to leave this summer after being charged with tax fraud by Spanish authorities, a decision said to be “irreversible.”

Former Real president Ramon Calderon spoke to Custis and Rostron-Pike and said the forward still holds a great deal of affection for his former club: “The club has been very important in his career. Manchester United is a club he has in his heart.”

Calderon added that if Ronaldo does indeed want to leave, there is little Madrid can do to stop him: “I had the same situation with Manchester United when he decided to leave and I signed him. He says I want to leave and that’s it, as a president you can’t do anything other than let him go and get the best possible deal.”

READ ---  Bennett accuses Las Vegas police of excessive force

Ronaldo spent six years with United before moving to the Spanish capital for £80 million in 2009, and he has since racked up a mind-numbing amount of goals and assists, per Squawka Football:

Despite his age, he’d be an excellent solution to United’s problems in the final third as he remains the deadliest goalscorer in world football, with the possible exception of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Football writer Liam Canning would welcome Ronaldo back at Old Trafford, but does not believe the move will take place:

Nor does football writer Tom McDermott:

Indeed, until the player himself has commented on the speculation, that’s all it appears to be at this stage.

Legal troubles aside, Ronaldo has little reason to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after winning La Liga and his third UEFA Champions League title in four years.

If he were to depart, though, United could be a realistic destination—they and Paris Saint-Germain are perhaps the only European clubs who could afford the transfer and a return to the Premier League might be a more attractive option than Ligue 1.

While it would of course reduce the amount of cash Real would receive, using De Gea in the deal could work given Madrid’s long-standing interest in him.