Cristiano Ronaldo sent the world into meltdown last week after it was suggested that the player wanted to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid, after being accused of tax fraud.
Now, The Mirror are reporting that Ronaldo told Sir Alex Ferguson weeks ago that he wanted to leave the Bernabeu.
Before the tax allegations came out in the media, it is reported that Ronaldo indicated to Sir Alex that he felt unloved at Real Madrid, when at a function together
Ronaldo also reportedly told the Scot that he had felt let down at times by some of the fans when they booed him, despite repeated amazing goal-scoring seasons at Real Madrid.
The Portugese international also suggested to Ferguson that he didn't feel the same camaraderie in the Real Madrid dressing room that he had felt during his time at Manchester United, with there often being a strained atmosphere in the Madrid locker room.
All of these factors combined are reported to be the reason why Ronaldo now feels the time is right to leave the Bernabeu.
Sir Alex continually insists that the then world record £80million Madrid paid for Ronaldo was too cheap, and that he would like to see the 32-year-old return to Old Trafford.
However, current Man United manager Jose Mourinho may not share the same desire to be reunited with the player, with whom his relationship was often questioned during their time together at Real Madrid.
Furthermore, Manchester United may not be the only possible destination for Ronaldo, with Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea reportedly also putting together huge offers for the four time Ballon d'Or winner.
Other theories suggest that Ronaldo intends to stay at Real Madrid and that this is just a publicity stunt, to earn him more love from the fans and media, as well as more money from the club.
Whatever the outcome of this transfer saga, Sir Alex still has a large influence at Old Trafford and you can be assured that he will be more than willing to help speed up any move, to bring Ronaldo back to the Premier League this summer.