Portugal's national football team forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Nutmegs Real Madrid Teammate In Training Photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP via Getty Images

FC Porto are reportedly arranging a move to sign Manchester United's legendary striker Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window.

Rumors emerged that the 37-year-old Man Utd striker would be interested in a return to Portugal nearly two decades after he left Sporting Lisbon. Though CR7 has another year on his contract after his dramatic return from Juventus on a two-year deal, FC Porto believed the former Real Madrid star could be convinced to move on this summer. A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Porto are keeping an eye on Ronaldo’s situation going into the summer and could make a move if given enough encouragement.

The Portugal international has scored 18 goals in 32 appearances since returning to Old Trafford. He scored nine in 13 appearances under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before his sacking in November. His return has been slightly affected under the new interim boss Ralf Rangnick, with six goals in 16 games. Ronaldo has missed only five games across all competitions. He is still the captain of Portugal’s national team and made his 184th international appearance against Serbia in November.

Ronaldo is a graduate of the Sporting Lisbon academy, he made 31 first-team appearances as a teenager before joining Man Utd. He has played a total of 324 times and scored 136 goals for the Red Devils.

Porto are not the richest club in football, still it seems that they are very positive that Ronaldo could be persuaded back to his home country. However, Ronaldo’s sensational stay at Old Trafford cannot be ruled out. The striker is known to be determined, he is believed to try everything to help Man Utd improve and progress in the next season in an attempt to end his contract at Old Trafford on a positive note.

Man Utd have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup as well, which fueled speculation surrounding Ronaldo’s future at the club. According to recent reports, the Portuguese international is open to a move to Paris Saint-Germain next season to end the series of defeats he experienced at Old Trafford. PSG officials are known to be capable of offering Ronaldo a very high payment settlement package compared to Porto.

Before his initial transfer to Man Utd in 2003, Ronaldo had played for two Portuguese clubs in Nacional and Sporting CP. He made his breakthrough at Sporting, a direct rival of FC Porto and the current champions of Portugal.

FC Porto logo is seen on the corner flag
FC Porto logo is seen on the corner flag during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between FC Porto and FC Famalicao at Estadio do Dragao on January 23, 2022 in Porto, Portugal. Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

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