EPL Transfer Rumors: Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford?

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Cristiano Ronaldo
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Only four years after leaving Manchester United on a £80 million transfer, it appears that forward Cristiano Ronaldo could flip a 180 and rejoin the Red Devils this summer.

According to reports, Ronaldo has been linked to rumors of a £55 million transfer that would reunite him with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Before the Portuguese star can make a return to Old Trafford, though, both parties will have to jump through a number of hoops.

One way or another, if Manchester United is truly interested in bringing back Ronaldo, they’ll have to find a way to offer a salary similar to his current £22,000-per-week while abiding by the new UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, which take effect next season. Signing a deal and then an endorsement package with the club’s new sponsor, Chevrolet, however, could be just the loophole to get Ronaldo back with the Red Devils.

Chevrolet would gladly help on the financial side of the deal, understanding the full effect that Ronaldo would have on the Man U fan base and global marketability of the international soccer sensation.

While Ronaldo hasn’t exactly fallen out of favor in Spain, the 28-year-old forward appears to be playing in the shadow of legendary Lionel Messi. Leaving Real Madrid and making a return to the English Premier League, however, could elevate Ronaldo back to the superstar status that the Red Devils helped cultivate during his time in Old Trafford.

If Manchester United was able to get Ronaldo back in the lineup this summer, the club would be well on their way to defending what can only be described as their inevitable EPL title in 2013. Seeing as Ferguson usually gets what he wants, don’t be surprised to see the Red Devils pull whatever strings necessary to get this deal done.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Network Manager/NFL featured columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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