The Sunday Telegraph says it is understood both United and Ronaldo are open to the possibility of a summer transfer.
However, United must overcome Real’s plans to begin contract talks with Ronaldo at the end of this season if they are to have any hope of re-signing the player.
With United currently negotiating a new kit deal with Nike, whose current contract expires in 2015, the opportunity for the American sportswear giant to restore their leading football player to a Nike-wearing team has given both parties common ground for discussion on the possibility of funding a move for Ronaldo.
While other sportswear manufacturers such as Adidas and Warrior could attempt to outbid Nike for the right to supply United’s kit, Nike are currently in a period of exclusivity with United which enables them to thrash out a new deal before their rivals.
United and Nike hope to convince Ronaldo to seek a move out of Real before their president Florentino Perez initiates talks over a new deal in June.
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