Fergie the mastermind behind Ronaldo return

Posted by ESPN Staff

Rumours concerning a summer swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo from his former employer Manchester United continue to gather momentum, with the British press claiming Sir Alex Ferguson is playing a considerable role in the potential transfer.

Ferguson retired as United boss at the end of last season, but the close relationship he shares with Ronaldo following their union at Old Trafford before the Portugal international moved to Real Madrid is well known. The Sun and the Daily Mail both report Ferguson's role as a director at the club may help lure Ronaldo back to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain's Real Madrid exit has stalled due to a delay in replacing Jose Mourinho. The Primera Division giants are hoping to unveil Carlo Ancelotti from Paris Saint-Germain, but Arsenal's hopes of signing Higuain subsequently hinge on the hiring of a manager to give the green light. The Sun states the Gunners are set to part with £20 million for the Argentina international once Real have a manager in place.

The Daily Mail reports Brazilian striker Hulk is keen on joining Mourinho at Chelsea, but will decide his club future after the Confederations Cup. Also a target of mega-rich French side Monaco, Hulk is pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge from Zenit St Petersburg.

Still at Chelsea, defender David Luiz is being pursued by Paris Saint-Germain, the Daily Mirror claims. It is said the Ligue 1 champions are eager to partner Luiz with his compatriot Thiago Silva in the heart of defence as they aim to defend their title. A £25 million deal is reportedly in the offing.

Liverpool are also understood to be active in the transfer market, with the Daily Mail reporting the chase of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on, while a deal to sell Andy Carroll to West Ham nears completion. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina is also believed to be close to departure, with Barcelona set to finalise his signing once Victor Valdes moves to Monaco.

Finally, after missing out on Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin, Tottenham have reportedly set their sights on the more reasonably priced Corinthians midfielder Paulinho. A £17 million transfer fee should see the deal completed, while Inter are only willing to listen to offers above £21 million for Guarin, the Daily Mirror writes.

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