Manchester United News: Sir Alex Ferguson Pursuing Cristiano Ronaldo

Sir Alex Ferguson, head coach of Manchester United, most valuable franchise on Earth, wants to bring back one of the greatest soccer players on Earth. And he has asked United owners the Glazer family to pay whatever it takes to seal the transfer.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening two goals in Real Madrid's 3-0 Primera Division win at the Bernabeu on September 2, but refused to celebrate either goal. Speaking to reporters after the match, Ronaldo said, "I didn't celebrate the goals because I'm a little sad." Sources inside the Real Madrid organization have claimed to know why, but refuse to elaborate.

Ronaldo has a £800m buyout clause but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is so angry with the forward's lack of respect on what amounts to a world stage that he is reportedly considering abandoning any attempts to haggle with other teams above £100m.

Meanwhile, Ferguson is taking this opportunity to test Ronaldo's seriousness about possibly leaving Real Madrid, the team he has played with since leaving Manchester United in 2009. Ferguson has famously always drooled over Ronaldo's potential; going so far as to "force" the Portuguese star to wear no. 7 for United when he signed him at age 18. It's the same number that was worn by United greats George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, and David Beckham.

If completed it would be the biggest transfer since Beckham himself left Manchester for Real Madrid in 2003 (his physical exam was broadcast on pay-per-view). If Alex Ferguson is as serious as he seems to be then this deal could happen soon. Defending Premier League champion Manchester City is encroaching on United's territory, and Cristiano Ronaldo could once again don the Red Devil kit at Old Trafford as a direct response.