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.
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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.