I'll take Cristiano Ronaldo back to Man Utd, says Ferguson
If the sulky Portuguese striker is really so unhappy at Real Madrid, than Fergie wants him back
GET Ronaldo. That's the unequivocal message from Alex Ferguson to his Manchester United board as he plots the return of the petulant Portuguese playmaker.
According to the Daily Mirror, the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford is "on the cards" in the light of his sulky antics at Real Madrid. He refused to celebrate a goal in Real's win last weekend and subsequently said he was "sad" with his life at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo left United for Spain three years ago in a record £80m transfer and the Mirror says Ferguson is sounding out Ronaldo to see if he is "serious" about wanting to walk out on Real Madrid. If Ferguson believes he is, then the canny Scot will insist to the United board that they re-sign the 27-year-old.
But would Ronaldo want to return to Old Trafford? The Mirror claims the source of his strop is Real's refusal to renegotiate his contract so he pockets £500,000 a week. Such a salary is way beyond United's means but Ferguson is hopeful that memories of his time at Old Trafford would persuade Ronaldo to return.
An United insider spilled the beans to the Mirror on the condition of anonymity, squealing: "It's a transfer that would prove that United can still compete with anyone for the biggest names in football."
Apparently Ronaldo has an £800m buy-out clause in his contract but Real president Florentino Perez is so angry with the player's behaviour he could be talked into letting him go for as little as £100m.
In other news the Daily Star reports that Paris Saint-Germain believe they're in with a shout of landing Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole in the New Year.
The former Arsenal Judas is out of contract at the end of the season at the Bridge and with talks over a new deal apparently deadlocked PSG gaffer Carlo Ancelotti is eyeing up the 31-year-old. Having worked with Cole during his time as boss of the Blues, Ancelotti knows all about the defender's strengths and the Star reckons Chelsea might find it hard to resist a big money offer in January as opposed to seeing Cole leave on the cheap in May.
Spanish rag AS says that Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is confident they'll be able to bat away any bid for star striker Radamel Falcao. The player's dad blabbed to the press last week about the likelihood of his son moving to England, to either Manchester City or Chelsea, but Cerezo brushed aside the comments in an interview with AS.
"A father can talk about his sons, of course, but Falcao has already explained he is very happy here and he still has four years remaining on his contract," Cerezo said. "Everybody keep calm - Falcao is not leaving."
Finally, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed his desire to seek a fresh challenge at the end of this season or even as early as January. The 24-year-old Belgian, who arrived at Goodison Park from Standard Liege in September 2008, has burnished his reputation of late with a series of tasty displays for the Toffees.
Now it appears he realises he deserves better than the mid-table mediocrity on offer on Merseyside. "I begin now to my fifth season at Everton," he told Belgian organ HetNieuwsblad. "This will be one of my last. I've seen everything. In January or at the end of the season I would look for another club or league."
Arsenal have long been linked with Fellaini but would Arsene Wenger be prepared to take a punt on another player called Marouane or has the experience of Chamakh scarred the Nutty Professor for life? ·