Manchester United are understood to have shelved their long-term interest in re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal international has recently been linked with a possible move to Juventus from Real Madrid but United have decided against making a move for their former attacker.
According to Metro, United are capable of matching the player’s alleged £88m release clause alongside offering him club-record wages but that would cover the remaining transfer budget for the ongoing transfer window.
As a result, manager Jose Mourinho has placed the focus on bolstering the central defence as well as finding a back-up marksman to Romelu Lukaku – which would conclude their summer business with five signings.
United have already secured the services of midfielder Fred and right-back Diogo Dalot on cash deals from Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto respectively whilst goalkeeper Lee Grant has arrived from Stoke City on a free.
Both Fred and Dalot are due to make a meaningful impact to United’s campaign next season but Grant appears certain to settle for the third-choice goalkeeping position behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has been strongly linked with Juventus in recent days and reports suggest that the Italian champions are prepared to offer him a four-year contract worth £101m upon his arrival in Turin.