Amid rumours that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo would stay back in Bernabeu, Manchester United officials are reportedly keen to bring him back to Old Trafford and a secret meeting with the star is on cards.
The 28-year-old Portuguese star is due to meet Manchester United officials in the next few days to talk about a possible move to Old Trafford, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Former Red Devils' manager Sir Alex Ferguson had reportedly planned for Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford before he retired last month. New coach David Moyes is said to be keen on signing United's former winger.
It was earlier reported by The Independent that Manchester United were planning to sign Ronaldo after his contract with Real Madrid ends in 2015, as they are currently not in a position to offer him as big as Monaco and Paris Saint Germain.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid, who signed Ronaldo for a world-record €94 million deal from Manchester United in 2009, are keen to renew his contract. New coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that it will be an honour to coach Ronaldo.
"My opinion is easy. Ronaldo's a fantastic, marvellous player. It's an honour to coach a player like Ronaldo like it was to coach Zidane. Ronaldo was not on the list of players like Brazilian Ronaldo, Zidane and Ronaldinho that I coached. He will be on the list of players I coached now and I am so happy for that," Ancelotti told The Sun.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had earlier expressed confidence to sign a new deal with Ronaldo, who still has two more years left with Bernabeu under the current deal. He underplayed the Portuguese star's earlier announcement on his Twitter page that news about his renewal with Real Madrid was false.
"Cristiano made these statements because there was some information in the media which did not match reality. Soon we will clarify this issue. I have no doubt that Cristiano is going to retire at Real Madrid. I am convinced that he will renew. Keeping him is our most important activity, around whom we can build the Madrid of the future," Perez told The Sun.
Goal website has earlier reported that Real Madrid were in advanced talks with Ronaldo's representatives over a deal totalling to €155 million over five years, with the Portuguese forward set to earn €15m annually after tax. This would make him the world's highest-earning footballer.
The Daily Star also reported that Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney could swap places in a £90 million deal between Real Madrid and Manchester United.