Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly set to rejoin Manchester United this summer before seeing his Real Madrid exit scuppered by Kylian Mbappe’s father.
The Sunday Times claims Ronaldo had made it clear to Real that he wanted a return to Old Trafford after his Spanish tax scandal erupted.
Los Blancos chiefs agreed to sell him in order to fund a move for wonder-kid Mbappe.
But it’s said that the youngster’s dad wasn’t keen on him leaving France for the Santiago Bernabeu during a crucial stage of his development.
As such, Mbappe eventually rejected Real before agreeing a season-long loan with PSG.
It meant that Ronaldo was denied his United move and reunion with Jose Mourinho, which could have a big impact on this season’s Premier League title race.
The report adds that Real were so desperate to get their hands on Mbappe that they even offered Gareth Bale to the Red Devils.
However, the Welshman rejected the move, leaving United completely empty-handed in their search for a new winger.
Mourinho also saw attempts to sign Ivan Perisic blocked by Inter Milan, with the Croatian now set to sign a new contract at the San Siro.
Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez earmarked himself as Mourinho’s saviour on transfer deadline day by trying to force a move away from Leicester.
But United decided against making a bid, which could suggest that they are continuing to monitor Ronaldo and Bale ahead of potential offers next summer.
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