Man Utd face fight to keep Ronaldo in January with attractive transfer in works
Cristiano Ronaldo could have a route out of Manchester United with Sporting Lisbon reportedly interested in a January move.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has largely been warming the bench under Erik ten Hag so far this season, a situation which isn't helping either party. It seems the best solution is for Ronaldo to leave, as he was trying to do in the summer.
His options were limited then but former club Sporting are looking to hand him a lifeline in the winter window, according to The Mirror. United would have to give Ronaldo a pay-off on a chunk of his £500,000-a-week wages.
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But Sporting are prepared to pay the bulk of his earnings to secure his return after he left the Portuguese club back in 2003 to join United the first time around.
For Ronaldo, it may also achieve his goal of playing Champions League football again. Sporting are currently second in their group ahead of a crunch showdown at home to Frankfurt next week.
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Ultimately, the decision will be down to Ten Hag, who has stamped his authority on the side since his arrival from Ajax. The Dutchman fined Ronaldo £1million for his refusal to come on as a substitute in the recent win over Tottenham.
While he's used the 37-year-old sparingly, his attacking options are somewhat limited, with preferred striker Anthony Martial once again struggling to stay fit.
That could influence the decision to let Ronaldo leave or not. He's proved his worth when called upon with three goals in 13 appearances in all competitions.
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