Cristiano Ronaldo is now closing in on a return to his former club Sporting, and the deal could be finalised with Man United before the end of the week. Portugal international is thought to be disinterested in continuing at Man United after the Red Devils missed out on UCL qualification, and he had communicated his desire to leave early on in the window.

Furthermore, Cristiano does not see eye-to-eye with newly appointed coach Erik ten Hag, and the ex-Ajax manager is keen to offload the striker as well. Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has been working around the clock to secure his client’s return to his boyhood club, and Sporting and now preparing for the striker’s presentation.

Apparently, the Primeira Liga giants could present the 37-year-old centre-forward to the fans this week, and the deal is nearly finalised. Furthermore, the report adds that the Sporting squad have been aware of the developments for weeks now.

The Portuguese striker made an emotional return to Man United last summer, and he was expected to help them win major trophies. However, the Red Devils had a disappointing campaign last year and they missed out on the UCL qualification, even though the Portuguese scored 24 goals across all tournaments.

A player of Cristiano Ronaldo’s calibre deserves to play at the highest level and win trophies consistently. It will be interesting to see if his return to Sporting from Man United yields more silverware.