Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal hinted while the club was in Seattle that the club may be nearing a deal with a “mystery” player that the general media has not talked about yet. Since then, Van Gaal has been constantly asked to elaborate and in Van Gaal style, he’s refused.
What we know: It’s not a striker. Van Gaal was in a nice enough mood after beating San Jose on Tuesday night to tell us that much.
Now, probably the juiciest rumour of all comes from the Manchester evening news: Cristiano Ronaldo. According to the paper, the club is very interested, citing sources.
M.E.N. Sport understands United are working on what could be a new club-record deal to bring Ronaldo back to Manchester six years after he joined Real Madrid for a world record £80m.
Although United have completed deals for Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, the club is determined to secure a marquee buy in the vein of Angel di Maria’s British record £59.7m arrival last year.
Signing Ronaldo would be a total coup for United. It was rocket them from contention from a top-4 spot to a serious contender to win the league and challenge Manchester City for league supremacy. Having Ronaldo with Schweinsteiger in the XI would give even the worlds best clubs problems matching up.
During the summer, United sign Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay, commonly dubbed as the “Dutch Ronaldo” would have a big time mentor on hand to see his development.
As we head into the weekend, one thing is known for sure- this rumor will only escalate much more before the weekend ends, especially. on Saturday when Manchester United meet up Barcelona, and with so many of the traveling reporters trying to find out something in terms of a leak.