CRISTIANO RONALDO will fly into England and demand to leave Manchester United NOW.
The wantaway superstar, 37, is set for showdown talks with the Red Devils where he will tell them he will NOT accept their offer of a new deal.
Ronaldo missed United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia due to “family reasons” – but Erik ten Hag’s squad have training at Carrington on Tuesday.
Portugal icon Ronaldo wants a permanent transfer so he can continue playing in the Champions League after United could only finish sixth last season.
He has NEVER played in the Europa League in his glittering career.
United insist he is not for sale while new boss Ten Hag has maintained the striker is a key part of his plans for this season.
The Dutchman will try to convince Ronaldo, who re-signed for United from Juventus in August 2021 on a two-year deal with an option of a third, to stay put.
United are willing to accept a loan move for the upcoming season so he can play in Europe’s top club competition, with Atletico Madrid the latest club to be linked.
But, that would only be under the condition that he commits to another 12 months, meaning he would still be a player at the club at 39.
Ronaldo and Ten Hag spoke at the end of last season but have yet to communicate since the five-time Ballon d’Or winner dropped the bombshell he wants to be sold this summer.
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Contact between the two camps has been maintained by United chief executive Richard Arnold and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes who has been hawking his client around Europe’s top clubs.
The Portugal forward has been offered to Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Atletico and Napoli but no deal has materialised as yet.
Ten Hag’s squad return to training on Tuesday after having Monday off following the long flight back from Perth, Australia at the weekend.
Ronaldo, who scored as United’s top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions last season, has been keeping himself fit in Lisbon.
United won three of their four games on tour with the only blip a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday.
Ten Hag’s side now face Atletico in Oslo on Saturday followed by Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford 24 hours later.
United open their Premier League campaign against Brighton on August 7.