Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo Must Be Top Priority

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 10:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on prior to the international friendly match between Portugal and Croatia on June 10, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Here's your Captain Obvious statement of the day: If there is any—and I mean any—chance that Manchester United could bring back Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, that has to be the club's top priority, no questions asked. 

Like I said, it's a Captain Obvious statement.

So why am I making it? Because, believe it or not, there appears to be a chance that Manchester United could actually bring back Ronaldo this summer. You can practically hear the excited giggles coming from Old Trafford already...

From Fox Soccer (translating the news from Spanish newspaper El Pais):

According to a report by Spanish newspaper El Pais on Wednesday, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will meet with Manchester United officials over a possible summer transfer move back to Old Trafford, where he left in 2009 for the Spanish giants in a world record $123 million deal.

David Moyes is set to begin work as Manchester United manager next week against the backdrop of further speculation about a return for former golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo.

And a report in Spanish paper El Pais Wednesday claimed a meeting would be taking place between United officials and Ronaldo "in the next few days" to see if there is any likelihood of a transfer being completed.

It would be frightening for competitors if Ronaldo returned to this club, especially with Robin van Persie entrenched at forward. Between the two of them, they've scored 194 league goals in the past three seasons. That's absurd. 

Of course, any Ronaldo signing would also likely signal the end of the Wayne Rooney era. Still, it's hard to imagine Manchester United fans losing much sleep over Rooney's departure if Ronaldo and his three consecutive seasons of 50 or more goals in all Real Madrid appearances were headed to Old Trafford. 

Obviously, it's still very possible this is nothing but a carefully constructed negotiating tactic by Ronaldo, who hopes to use the Red Devils to squeeze every last penny out of Real Madrid in his negotiations with the Spanish club. 

In fact, that seems to be the most likely scenario. 

But you never know what can happen if David Moyes can get Ronaldo in a room and paint a picture of European dominance for Manchester United with CR7 at the helm of that ship. You better believe United will do anything in their power to secure his signature for next season. 

Obviously, a move for Ronaldo could result in a more frugal summer in regard to other positions of need. But with Ronaldo, van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa sparking the attack, the Red Devils may simply be able to outgun everyone they face. 

Nobody in the Premier League wants to see Ronaldo return to United. And for that reason, the Red Devils have to pull out all the stops to bring him aboard. 

This is Captain Obvious, signing off. 


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