Cristiano Ronaldo told Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri he was staying in Turin before a proposed transfer to Manchester City convinced him to change his mind.
And super-agent Jorge Mendes is working round the clock to try and cement a move with reports that a two-year deal has been offered to Ronaldo by Pep Guardiola.
The Portuguese legend is keen on the idea and believes a return to Manchester is his best chance of challenging for the Ballon d'Or.
The 36-year-old was named on the bench for Juventus' Serie A curtain-raiser against Udinese at the weekend but Allegri claimed that this was purely a tactical decision.
A report from Goal states Ronaldo held conversations with the Juve boss before the start of the season, confirming his intentions to honour his contract and stay for the length of its duration:
"Ronaldo told me that he is staying at Juventus," said Allegri when questioned by reporters after an in-house friendly game on August 21st.
But now that stance appears to have changed; Ronaldo wants a Premier League return.
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The former Real Madrid striker is excited by the prospect of moving back to Manchester and hopes Pep Guardiola can help him secure a sixth Ballon d'Or.
There were initial concerns that his wage demands would be too high for City but they have since confirmed that his £26.5 million-a-year salary is no issue.
The Premier League champions are desperately trying to strike a deal for a forward having missed out on top summer target Harry Kane.
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