Manchester United are ready to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave this summer, but only on loan.
However, the Red Devils want Ronaldo to trigger a one-year-option clause to extend his current contract.
United want the 37-year-old to return to Old Trafford next summer for a final swansong – hopefully in the Champions League.
Ronaldo is desperate to play in Europe’s top club competition this season and is yet to link up with his teammates for preseason.
In recent discussions with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, it’s understood United asked Ronaldo to consider taking up the one-year option that was available to both sides and part of his agreement when he joined from Juventus in a £12.9 million deal a year ago.
United would then sanction a one-season loan deal to a Champions League club in Europe.