According to rumours, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) had ‘discussions’ with Cristiano Ronaldo before he completed a triumphant return to Manchester United on deadline day.
Key figures in charge of incomings and outgoings at Old Trafford cranked up their summer recruitment push towards the end of the year, having previously signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
Indeed, despite a brief interest from Manchester City, it was United who emerged victorious in the race for Ronaldo, who is now set to return to the site where it all began on the largest platform.
After three seasons at Juventus, the 36-year-old has agreed to a two-year deal at Old Trafford.
PSG appeared to be prepared to launch their own attempt to pair the five-time Ballon d’Or winner with Barcelona legend – and Ronaldo’s long-term competitor for a spot at the top table in world football – Lionel Messi, as he edged closer to a move away from the Italian giants.
According to French outlet Le10Sport – as reported by Football 365 – the big-spending Ligue 1 club met with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes several times during the summer.
Despite their consideration of a potential deal, the club did not make an official approach.
Meanwhile, the Premier League heavyweights are said to have kept their interest in Kieran Trippier alive until 11 p.m. on deadline day.
According to this post from Sports Mole, this is according to a report from Spanish daily AS.
United were linked with a move for the former Burnley and Tottenham midfielder after signing Sancho and Varane – and before mounting a surprise bid to re-sign Ronaldo.
Trippier, who is presently on international duty with England, was credited as wanting to sign a deal closer to home this summer after helping Atletico Madrid win La Liga last season.
United has had his eye on the 30-year-old for some time.
According to the same report, Diego Simeone continues to see him as an important player in the Spanish capital, and the teams’ valuations are far apart.
Trippier joined Atletico Madrid in 2019 and represented England five times at Euro 2020 this summer.