Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Rumours and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 26

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Rumours and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 26

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    Cristiano Ronaldo's summer of questioning has six days left to run.

    The Real Madrid star is continually linked with a move away from the Bernabeu and has endured weeks of speculation across the transfer window. As we count down the days until the current window closes, it's time to document the final set of news and rumours surrounding the player's future.

    For a comprehensive round-up of weeks past, check here, here and here.

Reports Suggest Ronaldo Is Looking for Old Trafford Return After This Season

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    Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be linked with a Manchester United return, but even the most optimistic fan will accept this isn't likely to happen until at least the end of the current season.

    Daniel Taylor of The Guardian believes the Portuguese star will be open to linking up with David Moyes in the near future and has even made his intentions clear to the Premier League champions.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has informed Manchester United he would like to return to the club one day, probably to end his career, after a summer in which the Premier League champions have explored the possibilities behind the scenes of bringing him back from Real Madrid.

    United have been closely monitoring Ronaldo's position for the best part of a year and, while that has not resulted in a hard offer, their clear information is that he is open to the idea of moving back to Manchester, albeit not for at least one more season.

    The expectation at Old Trafford is that he will shortly commit himself to a new contract that recognises his status as Madrid's outstanding player, despite the impending arrival of Gareth Bale from Spurs for a world-record transfer. However, United are encouraged by the clear messages they have received about his affinity for the club and consider what he says to be genuine.

    Their information is that, realistically, they think he would be tempted to spend possibly the last three or four years of his professional life in Manchester. They are aware, however, that a move for him will not be simple by any measure.

    If the rumours are true, United fans may finally get to see their legendary player wear the red shirt once more.

Ronaldo Importance Heightened After Reports Suggest Madrid Face Battle for Bale

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    Real Madrid's pursuit of Gareth Bale continues to twist and turn. After weeks of courting the Welsh star, it seems the La Liga side will now face a bidding war to land his signature.

    As reported by Dan Roan of BBC Sport, Los Blancos could battle it out with an unnamed Premier League club:

    Tottenham have received a separate offer in addition to Real Madrid's world record £86m bid for Gareth Bale say sources at the north London club.

    The Spanish giants remain in pole position to sign the 24-year-old Welshman, but Spurs say no agreement has been reached with Real.

    The second bidder's identity is not known but Manchester United have been linked with the forward this summer.

    Spurs have approached Chelsea about buying a player to replace Bale.

    While it seems Bale is leaving no matter what happens, the importance of Ronaldo is galvanised with such a development.

    The two players thrive in similar positions and have the potential to form one of football's greatest ever attacking relationships, but the Portuguese star is unlikely to accept anything aside from a starring role at the Bernabeu.

    Whether Bale arrives in Madrid or not, Ronaldo's career will be impacted. Keep an eye on this one for further developments.