Cristiano Ronaldo pushing for shock Premier League return, to join Manchester City from Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly ready to make a shock return to the Premier League before the end of the transfer window.  

The Juventus star has 10 months left on his contract with the Serie A side, and has been linked with a move away from the Bianconeri for the past few months now.

Recent speculation has suggested that the 36-year-old, who started on the bench for the Bianconeri's match against Udinese last weekend, could return to Real Madrid or Manchester United, or perhaps even join Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Ronaldo in action against Udinese, when he came off the bench to score what he thought was a late winner before the goal was ruled out by VAR

However, it now appears that the Portuguese forward has picked his preferred next destination, with a new report from French publication L'Equipe claiming that Ronaldo wants to join Premier League champions Manchester City and is looking to secure a move to the Etihad in this window.  

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's entourage, which includes world-renowned agent Jorge Mendes, has reportedly already begun negotiating with the Premier League side.  

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It is further claimed that Ronaldo has already spoken to several City players about the potential switch, including Portugal teammates Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo. 

Pep Guardiola's side is apparently willing to match the player's annual salary of €31 million (R546 million) that he is reportedly getting at Juve, but are not keen to pay a large transfer fee on top of that.

In order to help the negotiation process, it is believed that Silva or Aymeric Laporte could find themselves moving in the other direction as part of a player-plus-cash deal. 

According to L’Equipe, though, the potential deal largely depends on whether or not the Manchester club chooses to continue pursuing Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane.

If they do, they are unlikely to sign Ronaldo, but if they don't, perhaps due to Spurs' refusal to sell so far despite reported bids of £125 million (R2.5 billion), then the move for the Portugal superstar could be on. 

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