Man City had looked favourites to sign Ronaldo from Juventus after Tottenham refused to entertain selling Harry Kane, but United have now confirmed a deal for their former No7 to return to Old Trafford.
The fun doesn’t stop there though, as another superstar – Kylian Mbappe – could also be on the move from PSG. Real Madrid have lodged a second bid, worth €170m, after the Parisians accused Real of an “illegal” approach… but if Real get their man, that could also see PSG turn to Erling Haaland. What a summer!
Arsenal have spent more than any other top European team, with the signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, while Liverpool have made a quiet transfer window and look to miss out on former targets Saul and Mbappe amid new contract plans for Mohamed Salah.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Done deal! Moussa Sissoko to Watford
Tottenham have confirmed that Moussa Sissoko is joining Watford on a permanent deal.
Sissoko, 32, joined Tottenham from Newcastle United in 2016 and has made 202 appearances for Spurs across all competitions.
He played 44 times in the 2018-19 season, helping Tottenham reach the Champions League final.
Sissoko joins Watford on a two-year deal for around £5m, and will be available to face Spurs for the Hornets on Sunday.
What does Ronaldo deal mean for Mbappe/Haaland?
So, what does that Cristiano Ronaldo news mean for other big transfer stories elsewhere?
Manchester United have been linked with moves for both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe next summer, but Ronaldo’s return could well see the Red Devils pull out of those races.
Real Madrid remain the overwhelming favourites to land Mbappe – either this summer for a huge fee, or next year on a free – while PSG are reportedly sounding out Haaland about replacing Mbappe in Paris.
There could be plenty of drama left in this transfer window yet, and we’re ready for it.
Fernandes’ emotional Ronaldo post
Bruno Fernandes has welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United with open arms.
Fernandes has previously described Ronaldo as his “favourite player” growing up, recalling watching as a nine-year-old as Ronaldo and Portugal reached the Euro 2004 final on home soil, with a young Ronaldo’s tears following that defeat to Greece sticking in the memory.
The pair have played together at national level for Portugal, but they will now be team-mates at club level as well – and Fernandes seems delighted by the prospect of regularly featuring alongside one of his childhood heroes.
Fernandes posted a drawing of what appears to be a young version of himself wearing a Manchester United shirt with ‘Ronaldo 7’ on the back, watching a TV set on which Ronaldo takes his trademark stance for a free-kick.
A poster of Ronaldo adorns the wall, with the badges of Boavista – the club where he came through as a young player – and Portugal stuck to a dresser, along with a Boavista shirt on a chair nearby.
Fernandes’ accompanying caption reads: “Never stop dreaming. Welcome back home Cristiano” – and the midfielder has also thrown in a goat emoji to let the world know where his loyalties lie in the GOAT debate between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo’s Juventus farewell
Cristiano Ronaldo has bid farewell to Juventus on Instagram.
He wrote: “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.
“The ‘tiffosi bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.
“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”
Ronaldo to Man Utd reaction
David de Gea has no words for the news – just a surprised emoji.
As for former United keeper Edwin van der Sar, who won the Champions League with Ronaldo while at Old Trafford, he is delighted by the deal.
Revealed: Reasons why Ronaldo convinced Man Utd
There are question marks over Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United, not least his age – at 36, what sort of impact can he have?
But James Robson reports that United feel convinced Ronaldo still has years at the top – and there are more reasons why they are confident over his comeback.
West Ham in talks to prevent Zouma deal collapsing
West Ham are in talks to ensure Kurt Zouma’s £25million move from Chelsea does not fall through, writes Jack Rosser.
The deal has suffered another setback after an issue with the defender’s knee was identified during the final stages of his medical, though there is hope a compromise will be found with club sources now saying discussions have resumed in order to iron out the late issues following rigorous medical checks.
Done deal! Spurs sign Sarr
Tottenham have signed highly-rated teenager Pape Matar Sarr from Metz.
The 18-year-old, who has already won two international caps for Senegal, will remain with the French Ligue 1 club for the rest of the season.
The defensive midfielder played 25 times for Metz last season, scoring four times, and has played all three of their games this term.
Billed as a signing for the future, he will see out the remainder of the campaign in France before joining up with his new club next season.
Sarr is the fourth summer signing for Spurs, who also brought in 20-year-old Bryan Gil, 23-year-old Cristian Romero and 26-year-old goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini as they build for the future.
Ronaldo to rejoin Man Utd after medical
A club statement reads: “Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.
“In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
DONE DEAL! CRISTIANO RONALDO TO MANCHESTER UNITED
Here we go! Manchester United have confirmed a deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo!