CRISTIANO RONALDO will NOT be joining Manchester City this summer – leaving the path clear for Manchester United to swoop in.
The Premier League champions have pulled out of a deal to sign the Juventus star.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the door open to a sensational return when discussing the former Red Devils striker on Friday.
He stated: "I didn't think Cristiano was going to leave Juventus.
"But if ever he is going to move away from Juventus he knows we are here.
"We've always had a good communication, Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well. He knows how we feel about him.
"He is a legend of this club, the greatest players of all time if you ask me. So let’s see what happens with him."
The Athletic state that Ronaldo's camp are in advanced talks with United over a deal, with a two-year contract mooted.
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And Sir Alex Ferguson has even thrown his weight behind the deal by contacting the player personally on Friday morning, according to MEN.
The forward, 36, said his goodbyes to his Juventus colleagues after informing coach Massimiliano Allegri of his decision to leave.
Allegri confirmed to reporters: "Yesterday Cristiano told me that he has no intention of continuing at Juventus.
"I am absolutely not disappointed. He has made his choice."
Paris Saint-Germain and City were the early favourites for the deal as he boarded his private jet with agent Jorge Mendes.
But United are now moving into position for a shock swoop, which would cost a £21.4million transfer fee plus £510,000-a-week in wages.
Solskjaer's City counterpart, Pep Guardiola, had remarked that 'anything can happen' before his club ended their bid.
Guardiola said: "All I can say is I think there are three or four days left, anything can happen.
"But in my personal view there are few players, Ronaldo is included as is Messi, and they decide where they are going to play.
"They lead in the negotiations and right now that is my feeling. I am more delighted with the squad I have and we will stay the same."
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