Could Cristiano Ronaldo return to Man Utd - or City?
Ronaldo believed to be fed up with Real Madrid, while Barcelona rule out move for Arsenal's van Persie
THE Daily Express is one of several papers to report that Cristiano Ronaldo might be on the brink of making a sensational return to the Premier League. The Portuguese poseur quit Manchester United for Real Madrid three years ago, but the move has since turned sour with the 27-year-old allegedly dissatisfied with life at the Bernabeu. Though there is no evidence to link Ronaldo with Old Trafford, United would be in pole position to sign the striker as Alex Ferguson has maintained contact with him. But the spending power of rivals Manchester City or Chelsea might determine who wins the Portugeezer's signature.
Meanwhile, over in Catalonia, Barcelona have no plans to rob Arsenal of Robin van Persie, at least not for the time being. The club’s vice-president Josep Bartomeu has told Spanish rag Sport that he is aware of recent stories linking them with a move for the Dutch striker but he refused to be drawn on whether a deal was imminent. "There is nothing going on at the moment," Bartomeu explained. There are some rumours, but this is not the right time to talk about Van Persie. We have to focus on our performances on the pitch."
Van Persie, who scored a hat-trick for the Gunners in their 7-1 drubbing of Blackburn at the weekend, is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of next season. Contract negotiations have yet to begin between Arsenal and the Dutchman, and Sport reckons that Barca will come in with a mammoth offer in June.
Barcelona also appear to have designs on Tottenham’s twinkle-toed Taff Gareth Bale. El Mundo Deportivo reports that the Spanish club are convinced the Welsh winger could set La Liga on fire, and this time it’s Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta doing the denying. "It's not true that I have been in London negotiating with anyone,” said Zubizarreta, who declined to comment on claims Barcelona were lining up a £35m bid for Bale.
Manchester United are believed to be interested in landing Neven Subotic from Borussia Dortmund. According to Metro, the United manager has been on the trail of the 23-year-old Serbian ever since he was told of his prowess by Nemanja Vidic. The United captain and fellow Serb would like centre-back Subotic to come to Old Trafford, and if that is to happen the Red Devils will have to cough up around £20m.
Finally, Paris Saint Germain have turned down the chance to sign Carlos Tevez, leaving the Argentine striker stranded at Manchester City. The Sun reveals that PSG technical director Leonardo was not willing to pay him £10m-a-year only to have him perhaps throw another tantrum further down the line. "We had a negotiation with Tevez which was very clear," explained Leonardo. "We spoke about numbers and we estimated that it was not opportune to invest that amount. We're not going to overpay to show we're capable of signing players." With Inter Milan and AC Milan also snubbing Tevez, the Argentine must now stay at Eastlands until at least the end of the season.