“He is a player who scores 25 goals per season” – Club reveals plan to sign Manchester United star

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Sporting Lisbon sporting director Hugo Viana has claimed the Portuguese club will like to sign Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Viana admits a return to his former club is hard to see right now for Ronaldo.

Reports last week claimed Sporting Lisbon have made an approach to Ronaldo as they look to offer him a way out of Manchester United.

Ronaldo began his career at Sporting Lisbon before joining Manchester United in 2003.

Viana told Sky Sports: “I think not now – I don’t think it is possible, but you never know.

“He can decide where he goes, but you never know the future.

“I don’t want to talk about that, but he has another year on his contract so whatever he decides, let’s see.”

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He added: “It is time for Man Utd to stabilise, to create a good spirit inside the club.

“I think it is not what’s happening now, but there it always time to rebuild. With Cristiano, of course, there is a player who scores 25 goals per season.”

Sporting Lisbon’s financial structure would make an approach incredibly difficult unless Ronaldo was ready to take a massive pay cut.

What sources close to Sporting Lisbon told The Sun: “Sporting know that Ronaldo loves winning trophies.

“That looks a long way away at United at the moment and time is running out for Ronaldo.

“So what better way to finish his career than move back home and play in Portugal. 

“It’s a strong league and a great lifestyle.

“Senior officials have made enquiries and let Ronaldo know they are interested if he wishes to leave United.”

A move to Sporting Lisbon would also delight his mum Dolores.

Last September she told a Portuguese podcast: “He has to come back.

“I already told him: ‘Son, before I die I want to see you return to Sporting’.

“‘Let’s see…’, he said.”