Manchester United are closing in on a sensational deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
Rivals Manchester City have dropped their interest in the Portugal superstar.
United are now confident of completing the signing of their legendary former player.
Ronaldo could be on his way back to United 12 years after he left for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo lifted the Champions League, three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup as a Man United player, as well as his first Ballon d’Or
Ronaldo is available this summer having told Juventus he wants to leave the Turin club.
City had considered a deal for the 36-year-old – one of the game’s greatest ever players – after failing to prise Harry Kane from Tottenham.
But the Premier League champions have now ended their interest and decided not to make a formal move.
That leaves United clear to complete an incredible deal for Ronaldo to move back to the club -12 years after he left for Real Madrid.
Agent Jorge Mendes had offered Ronaldo to the Red Devils earlier in the summer before going to Man City, but United chiefs said ‘no’.
But United returned to Mendes this week to enter discussions over a stunning Ronaldo comeback and are now in advanced talks with Juve, with a deal expected to be done before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Ronaldo is one of United’s greatest players and played alongside current boss Solskjaer
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, United boss Solskjaer opened the door to a move for his former teammate.
He also revealed Bruno Fernandes, his teammate at international level for Portugal, has been speaking to Ronaldo about his future.
“I didn’t think Cristiano was going to turn out leaving Juventus,” Solskjaer said, ahead of United’s trip to Wolves on Sunday.
“It’s been speculation this morning, speculation the last few days, of course.
“We’ve always had a good communication – I know Bruno has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him and if he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows that we’re here.”
Asked further if he had been tempted to make a move for his former team-mate, Solskjaer added: “Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club – he’s the greatest player of all time if you ask me.
“I was fortunate enough to play with him, I coached him when I got my job. He almost retired me because that Wolverhampton game when I got injured, he kept switching sides.
“He’s such a tremendous human being as well, so let’s see what happens with Cristiano. Everyone who has played with him, I think, has a soft spot for him.”
Many Man United fans wouldn’t forgive Ronaldo if he went to City – and now the Red Devils are trying to bring him back
Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009, having picked up three Premier League titles and a Champions League crown, as well as receiving his first of five Ballon d’Or awards as the world’s best footballer.
Meanwhile, Man City boss Pep Guardiola said the decision over Ronaldo’s future is his alone, shortly before word his club had pulled out of the race.
While City were said to have been reportedly leading the running throughout the past week, the Spaniard refused to discuss the situation at any length during his Friday press conference.
He said: “I cannot say much. Harry Kane announced he is continuing with his club, an exceptional club like Tottenham.
“Cristiano is a Juventus player, I cannot add anything else.
“In these three or four days left until the transfer window shuts anything can happen but, in my view, there are few players – Cristiano Ronaldo included, Messi is another – they decide where they are going to play.
“Right now, my feeling is I am more than delighted with the squad we have and we will stay the same.”