Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
BBC Sport understands a move to Manchester City will not happen for the 36-year-old.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Ronaldo had said so “He no longer has any intention” Of playing for the Italian giants.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Ronaldo “knows we are here” during a news conference on Friday.
Ronaldo signed for Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon for £12.2 million in 2003 and scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for the club.
During the press conference early on Friday, before news emerged of United approaching, Solskjaer said he was surprised that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wanted to end his time in Italy.
He added that Ronaldo was spoken to by his Portugal teammate Bruno Fernandes.
“I didn’t think Cristiano would leave Juventus,” Solskjaer said. “It was speculation this morning, speculation the last few days, of course.
“I know Bruno was talking to him too. He knows how we feel about him and if he’s going to move away from Juve, he knows we’re here.”
And it seemed that Manchester City was one of the candidates to win the inclusion of the former Real Madrid player to some Suggested Reports Personal terms have already been agreed between the two.
Speaking before facing Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, coach Pep Guardiola said, “Cristiano is a Juventus player, and I can’t add anything else.
“In these three or four days left until the transfer window closes, anything can happen but, in my opinion, there are a few players – including Cristiano Ronaldo, another Messi – who decide where they will play.
“At the moment, I feel very happy with the squad we have and we will stay the same.”
On Wednesday, Juventus informed Ronaldo that it was ready to sell During the transfer window – but only if their conditions are met by interested clubs.
“[Ronaldo] He made his contribution, saved himself, and now he leaves and life goes on.”
“Things change, it’s the law of life. Juventus remains, which is the most important thing.
“We have to thank him for what he did, also as an example among young people. But as I said, we must continue.”
According to reports, Ronaldo has told his Juventus teammates that he is set to leave this month after two years in the 36-times Serie A champions.
He then headed to the training ground on Friday morning but left before participating in the session.
A week ago, Allegri said that Ronaldo was doing ‘She never expressed a desire to leave’ Juventus, and that the player told him that he would be staying at the Allianz Stadium.
Ronaldo himself described media speculation about his future as a “disrespect for me as a man and as a player” in a lengthy Instagram post a few days ago.