KEY POINTS

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is contracted with Juventus until 2022
  • Ronaldo played for Man Utd between 2003 and 2009
  • He has netted close to 700 goals in his club career

Manchester United reportedly want Cristiano Ronaldo to accept a significant pay cut in order to re-join the Red Devils.

Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendis reportedly has approached Manchester United about a sensational deal ahead of the 2021 summer window. But the Old Trafford side will only consider bringing Ronaldo back to Manchester only if the former Red Devil cuts his take-home pay by 50%, Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb.com reported.

Manchester United are willing to offer Ronaldo a wage of around $18 million per annum for a two-year contract, the Italian report has revealed. Ronaldo, who spent six years of his career at Old Trafford, is yet to give his final verdict on this deal.

Ronaldo's current deal with Juventus expires in 2022 and the Portuguese star is expected to part ways with the Turin club this summer. Following two decent seasons at Juventus, the 2020-21 campaign has been a below-average run during Andrea Pirlo's first year as in charge. Juventus currently are placed fourth in the 2020-21 Serie A table. They are level on points with Napoli and AC Milan, with the Naples side just ahead on goal difference.

Juventus also suffered an early exit in the Champions League, following their loss to Porto in the Round of 16. There is a good chance that the Turin club may not play in the elite European tournament next season. The five-time UCL winner Ronaldo is hesitant about featuring in Europe's second-tier competition, Europa League, Tuttomercatoweb.com reported.

Apart from Manchester United, Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, was willing to offer his high-profile client to other top European clubs such Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Real Madrid as he believed only these clubs could afford the player, sports website Givemesport said.

While Los Blancos politely declined the offer, PSG showed no interest in acquiring Ronaldo, who netted close to 700 goals in his club career.

It was previously reported that Manchester United had turned down Mendes' offer. However, the Red Devils could now consider the deal if Ronaldo agrees to accept around half of what he currently earns at Juventus after tax — $38 million a year.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been unable to help Juventus keep pace with Inter Milan despite 25 goals in 27 Serie A games this season Cristiano Ronaldo has been unable to help Juventus keep pace with Inter Milan despite 25 goals in 27 Serie A games this season Photo: AFP / Marco BERTORELLO

Ronaldo became a star when he moved from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United ahead of the 2003-04 season. He scored 118 goals in 292 competitive games, while helping the club win three consecutive Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy, among many other laurels. The Portuguese forward touched another level at Real Madrid, where he netted 450 goals in just 438 games across all competitions.