REAL MADRID star Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to join Chelsea instead of Manchester United if he is allowed to leave for free, according to reports.
Ronaldo is being linked with a move back to England with one of Chelsea or Manchester United with his Real Madrid career winding down.
The 33-year-old struck a stunning hat-trick as Los Blancos beat Real Sociedad 5-2 at the Bernabeu last night.
But his form has been erratic this season and, amid talk Real want to sign Neymar in the summer, a move back to the Premier League may be in the offing.
Predictably, uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future has led to speculation that Manchester United may be set to bring him back to Old Trafford.
But the Daily Mail say Chelsea are likelier suitors.
It is said that, should Real sentimentally allow him to leave for free, the Blues are willing to break the bank.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is understood to be a huge fan of Ronaldo.
And he would have no problems paying the £18.5million the Portugal international pockets each year.
The Daily Mail say, however, that United and PSG have no interest in signing him.
The Red Devils’ capture of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal last month means they are unlikely to strengthen their attack.
Jose Mourinho said as much last week by stating: “We have Alexis, we have [Romelu] Lukaku, we have [Anthony] Martial, we have [Marcus] Rashford. Rashford can play on the left and the right, Alexis is exactly the same.
“All of them apart from Lukaku can play also from behind, they can also play as the second striker.
“That’s why I say that it’s bad for you [the media] because you like to have things to write and things to speculate, especially in the summer – but I don’t want attacking players so don’t speak about attacking players that are coming here because nobody is coming here.”
PSG also appear unlikely to sign Ronaldo with the Ligue 1 giants content with what they have.