Cristiano Ronaldo

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Juventus are reportedly keeping tabs on three Manchester United first-team players: goalkeeper David de Gea, defender Eric Bailly and midfielder Nemanja Matic and could take advantage of their situations at Old Trafford.

The Italian giants are known for making the most of contract situations of big-name players and usually make a swoop for them in the January transfer market when the players are allowed to speak to other clubs under the Bosman ruling.

United’s Spanish custodian de Gea is in the final year of his contract and could leave for free at the end of the season.

The team’s inability to challenge for trophies means the star shot-stopper could be tempted to make a move away from Manchester considering he is in his prime.

The ‘Old Lady’ would want a top-class keeper to come in before Buffon finally hangs up his illustrious boots.

Matic has dropped down the pecking order due to the emergence of academy product Scott McTominay and he too can be convinced to leave the club. He could be a like for like replacement for Emre Can, who seems to be on his way out after it was revealed he isn’t part of Juventus’ Champions League team.

Bailly’s United career hasn’t really taken off and the incoming of the most expensive defender in the world Harry Maguire means the former Villareal defender isn’t an automatic starter.

Juventus will want to shore up their bench strength and that is where Bailly comes into the picture.

So now former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo could be united with three top-class footballers who represented his former club in England.

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