Reports in Europe are suggesting Manchester United are ready to welcome the return of Cristiano Ronaldo – with countryman and boss Jose Mourinho having apparently allowed him to choose his own shirt number.
The only caveat is that Alexis Sanchez, who signed from Arsenal in the January transfer window, already possesses his coveted No.7 shirt.
The Portugal captain, who is with the squad preparing for the World Cup, which starts on 14 June, is set to announce his plans for next season any day now – and Spanish news outlet Don Balon has revealed Mourinho would give him his favoured shirt number, even if it means moving Sanchez on.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in nearly 300 appearances before leaving Old Trafford in 2009, winning the Premier League three times and the Champions League in 2008, as well as a full set of domestic honours in England.
There have also been suggestions that the fallout at Real has been to do with an impending tax issue, which the player feels he has been left to deal with without the club’s support.
According to Spanish radio this had led to the five-times Ballon d’Or winner demanding a hefty increase in his current salary, which Real are unlikely to adhere to given the player’s age.