Manchester United have explored the financial implications of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report today.
The Daily Mail claims the current Premier League leaders have conducted a feasibility study into whether they could finance a move to bring the forward back to Old Trafford in what would be one of the most sensational transfers ever made.
A deal for Ronaldo appears incredibly unlikely, with Sir Alex Ferguson describing the player in the past as "unbuyable". Since moving to Real Madrid the Portugal international has developed into the only player on a par with four-time winner of the Ballon d'Or Lionel Messi. He has scored 185 goals in 183 games since joining Real Madrid in 2008.
Real Madrid would resist any attempts to buy the 28-year-old and any transfer fee could be more than the record sum that prised him away from Old Trafford.
Ferguson was in attendance for Real's 3-1 victory over Barcelona in midweek, a match in which Ronaldo scored twice. The Manchester United manager was there to scope out the opposition before next week's Champions League last 16 second leg tie, a match which will see CR7 return to Old Trafford for the first time since departing.
In the past, Ferguson made clear he would be welcome Ronaldo back to the club, saying in December: "You never know. He may want to go to another club at some point and I’d hope he would want to come here."
He added: "I’d love to see that but it’s fanciful thinking really. First of all, there’s how much it would take to get him from Real and, secondly, I don’t think there’s any chance they would want to sell him."
Ronaldo's current contract expires in 2015 and while there is no sign the player wants to leave the Bernabeu, if he did, Manchester United would have first option to buy him under the terms of his transfer to Madrid.