Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to buy back Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. And AS says to fund the bank-busting deal, Fergie is willing to cash in on Wayne Rooney.

The United manager has kept up to date on Ronaldo's deteriorating situation at Real and is close to his agent, Jorge Mendes.

Rooney has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the past week and could even be used in a swap by Fergie to land Ronaldo ahead of rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.