The Cristiano Ronaldo news is capturing Premier League fans across the country. Yes, Manchester United are closing in on the spectacular return of the Portuguese legend from Juventus. But could such a move help Leeds strike a loan deal, for a £25million-rated winger in the coming days?

Ronaldo, 36, was supposedly on his way to Manchester City as recently as yesterday. But the Manchester Evening News claim that after speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo has chosen to focus on United. City, meanwhile, have withdrawn their offer – days after missing out on Harry Kane.

So, Ronaldo is going back to Old Trafford – 12 years after leaving Manchester United to join Real Madrid in a club-record transfer. But for Wales international Dan James, Ronaldo’s arrival only pushes the ex-Swansea man further down the pecking order.

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Ronaldo to Manchester United could help Leeds sign Dan James

James, 23, continues to be linked with Leeds – coming with an inch of signing for us back in January 2019. Everyone will know, from the Amazon Prim documentary, that James even passed a medical and picked the no.21 shirt. A move fell through as Swansea changed their asking price.

Back in July, the print edition of the Scottish Mail on Sunday (p129: 11/07), said Victor Orta had reignited a move to sign Euro 2020 winger James. It was then claimed that Burnley also wanted him – but that the Guardian rate him at a whopping figure of £25million.

Realistically, James will look for an exit following the signing of Ronaldo. Of course, nothing is confirmed yet. Leeds will not be able to afford a permanent deal for James but if a loan deal presents itself to the Elland Road side, surely we have to take it? Ronaldo could help Leeds get James.

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