Manchester United will pursue a ‘club-record deal’ for Gareth Bale instead of a Cristiano Ronaldo return.
With moves for midfielder Fred and left-back Diogo Dalot completed, United are now turning their attentions elsewhere.
The club have ‘shelved plans’ to sign another left-back in favour of bringing in a striker as back-up to Romelu Lukaku.
Ronaldo was once a target, with the Portuguese’s future at Real Madrid in significant doubt.
But the Manchester Evening News say a return for Ronaldo is not on the cards, and they ‘will pursue’ a deal for Bale instead.
United ‘will continue to explore the possibility’ of bringing the Welshman back to the Premier League, as he is both a fantasy of Ed Woodward’s and counts Jose Mourinho among his ‘admirers’.
The United manager will ‘not be distracted’ by the slight possibility of signing Ronaldo, with Bale a more suitable fit.
The 28-year-old is seen as ‘an ideal fit’ in the United attack on the right-hand side.
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