Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, are tempted to hijack Cristiano Ronaldo’s protracted move to Manchester City.
Juventus reserve €30m for Ronaldo, 36, and its availability appeals to the Glazers.
Ronaldo’s representatives had advanced discussions with City ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline on Tuesday.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed, on Friday, that Ronaldo had informed him of his intention to leave the club.
“Yesterday, Cristiano told me that he no longer had any intention of playing for Juventus,” Allegri said. “That is why he will not be called up for tomorrow’s match (against Empoli).
“Ronaldo should be thanked for everything he did, including the example he set for our young players. But as I said, we need to move on.”
Ronaldo left United for a then-world record £80m to join Real Madrid in 2009 after spending six years with the club, when he won three titles in the Premier League, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, the FA Cup and the FA Cup. the Nexus. .
As of this morning, City were the only club interested in signing Ronaldo after they failed to secure Harry Kane’s award from Tottenham and had advanced discussions with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
United were ready to move to Ronaldo in 2013 but Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement has dented any chance of a deal. The club explored the possibility of re-signing Ronaldo when Louis van Gaal was coach in 2015 but was never interested during Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
Ronaldo would mark a radical departure from United’s restart of recruiting that Solskjaer oversaw two years ago. The club has set the preference for targets between the ages of 23 and 28, and coach Solskjaer appears only interested in recruiting players who have really invested in playing for United.
Solskjaer made exceptions in the transfer market by recruiting Cavani, Odion Ighalo and the 30-man Manchester United striker to sign Alexis Sanchez in January 2018.
United have already bought Jadon Sancho for £72.9m this summer, and they also have Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Daniel James to choose from in their attack on Wolves on Sunday. Marcus Rashford is out until October due to shoulder surgery.
Ronaldo currently earns £500,000-a-week at Juventus and will earn a much higher salary than David de Gea, United’s current highest-paid at £375,000-a-week. United are currently trying to persuade Paul Pogba to sign an improved contract.