Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United reach agreement with Juventus to re-sign forward.
Man Utd will pay Juventus around £12.87m plus a further £6.86m in add-ons for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is set to sign a two-year contract after personal terms are finalised; Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday before a deal was agreed: “[Ronaldo] knows we’re here.”
Manchester United have reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
United have agreed to pay Juventus around €15m (£12.87m) plus a further €8m (£6.86m) in add-ons for the 36-year-old, who is set to sign a two-year contract after personal terms are finalised.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes said on Friday afternoon his client’s return to United was very close to being confirmed and the club officially announced the news shortly before 5pm.
“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,” a United statement read.
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus was confirmed on Friday by boss Massimiliano Allegri, who revealed he was told by the player he had “no intention” of playing for the club again.
United’s rivals Manchester City were offered the chance to sign the Portugal captain and considered making a move, but the Premier League champions pulled out of negotiations.
Ronaldo spent an hour and a half at Juventus’ training ground on Friday morning to say goodbye to his team-mates before boarding a private jet from Turin to Lisbon. He was in the final year of his £500,000-per-week contract.
In a farewell post on social media, Ronaldo wrote: “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.
“The ‘tiffosi bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.
“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”
Ole: Ronaldo knows we are here
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United between 2003 and 2009 under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
He won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups and the Champions League before leaving for Real Madrid in a then world-record deal.
Speaking on Friday before news of Ronaldo’s return was confirmed, current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I didn’t think Cristiano was going to leave Juventus. It has been speculation this morning and the last few days of course.
“We have always had good communication. I know Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him and if he was ever going to move away from Juventus he knows we are here.”