ERIK TEN HAG has had a change of heart and is willing to let Cristiano Ronaldo LEAVE Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
The legendary striker, 37, expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford following a disappointing campaign last term, which saw United finish sixth in the Premier League.
Ten Hag and United initially stood firm on Ronaldo, insisting he will be staying put, despite a number of clubs being linked with a move.
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon, Chelsea and both Milan clubs were mentioned, however a move for Ronaldo hasn't materialised at this point.
But a move away for Ronaldo could be made easier with Ten Hag now OPEN to letting the Portugal star leave the club, according to The Athletic.
Ronaldo has struggled to reintegrate back into the squad following his extended summer time off.
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There have been days where Ronaldo sits by himself during lunch at the canteen at their Carrington training ground.
Ronaldo has also been flapping his arms about in training and trying to argue against the high-pressing approach implemented by Ten Hag.
And following Man Utd's embarrassing 4-0 loss to Brentford on Saturday, Ronaldo exchanged words with Ten Hag's No2 Steve McClaren.
The exchange happened after Ronaldo refused to applaud United's travelling fans.
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United will sanction the sale of Ronaldo IF they can recruit in the forward areas.
However, United have found it difficult to find the right players.
Mauro Icardi, Alvaro Morata and Raul de Tomas have all been linked.
Ex-West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic was also an option but Man Utd opted against a move.
A saving grace could be Anthony Martial, who is currently out injured.
The Frenchman showed signs of promise during pre-season and could be the man to lead the line for the Red Devils going forward.
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