Manchester United have reached an agreement with Juventus for the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, 36, looked set to join Premier League rivals Manchester City after making it clear he no longer wanted to stay in Serie A beyond this month.
As the Citizens finalised a deal for the attacker, United swooped in to hijack the move, securing a spectacular return for the club hero.
Ronaldo's Old Trafford return is agreed, with a €23m (19.7m) transfer fee on the table, according to the Athletic.
The publication report United will pay €15m (£12.9m) up front, with a further €8m (£6.9m) in add-ons.
The transfer saga took many twists on Friday afternoon, as United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issued a clear message that he would welcome Ronaldo's return.
“He is a legend of this club, the greatest player of all time if you ask me. I was fortunate enough to play with him. I coached him when I got my job. He almost retired me because that Wolverhampton game when I got injured he kept switching sides," he told reporters at lunch-time.
“He is such a tremendous human being as well. Let's see what happens with Cristiano. Everyone who has played with him has a soft spot for him.
“We've always had a good communication. Bruno (Fernandes) has been talking to him. He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows we’re here.”
Less than an hour later, reports began to emerge that United were in fact more likely to do a deal than City.
And soon after, United confirmed the agreement themselves.
Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
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Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.
Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester."
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