Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
United have agreed to pay £12.8m for the 36-year-old, with the deal subject to personal terms, a visa and a medical.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 games in his first spell at Old Trafford before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester,” said a United statement Friday night.
The deal came after a dramatic twist as neighbours Manchester City had looked to be one of the favourites to land the forward with certain reports suggesting personal terms had been agreed between the two.
However, Ronaldo has opted to return to United where he spent six years and won three Premier League titles, one Champions League, two League Cups and one FA Cup – as well as the Fifa Club World Cup and Community Shield – under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Five-time ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo becomes the Red Devils’ third major signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.