Manchester United are planning to conduct a medical on Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon ahead of re-signing one of their greatest players.
United are in the process of finalising a two-year contract with Ronaldo, 36, after he informed Juventus of his intention to leave the club.
The Manchester Evening News revealed the United owners, the Glazer family, had sanctioned a belated move for Ronaldo when he appeared set to join Manchester City.
City have since ended their interest in Ronaldo, although the MEN understands Ronaldo informed them he was no longer interested once United contacted him.
The MEN also revealed Sir Alex Ferguson spoke with Ronaldo on Friday morning, when City were the only club interested in signing him from Juventus.
Ferguson’s intervention – as well as the backing of the Glazers – has prompted Ronaldo to settle on a homecoming at United 12 years after he left the club.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke effusively about his former teammate Ronaldo at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“I didn’t think Cristiano was gonna turn out leaving Juventus,” Solskjaer said. “And it’s been speculation this morning and the last few days.