Manchester United were reportedly offered the opportunity to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus last summer.
But it is alleged United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward turned down the opportunity for what would have been a stunning return to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo has been in Italy since 2018 after making the move to Turin from Real Madrid.
And despite winning two Serie A titles he and his side have disappointed in the Champions League, and were knocked out in the last-16 by Porto on Tuesday.
With Ronaldo’s contract set to expire in June 2022 there is speculation the 36-year-old could leave the club at the end of the season.
But high-profile Italian journalist Emanuele Gamba told Calciomercato that he thinks the forward will stay for one more year – and believes he was more likely to depart last summer when his agent Jorge Mendes offered his services to United.
“Will he leave? I think the only time there was a chance for that was last summer, and I think his staff moved in that direction,” Gamba said.
“I believe Mendes moved to see if there were any possibilities and did not find them.
“I doubt that a year later, with an even older and more out of fashion Ronaldo, these possibilities will reappear.
“Essentially, Mendes had urged Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to make a move, who both said no.
“Frankly, I don’t see the possibility of anything different happening now, at least in Europe.”
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Ronaldo has come under fire for the part he played in the defeat to Porto, and he was heavily criticised for turning his back on the free-kick which sealed the Portuguese side’s place in the quarter-finals.
He has been linked with a lucrative move to the likes of China or the United States in the past, and it remains to be seen if those rumours resurface at the end of the campaign.