Last week, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 which totaled about $16.5 million.
The Sunday World's back page exclusive last weekend (below) revealing United manager Jose Mourinho would not prioritise an audacious move for the former has now been backed up by similar reports on Yahoo Sport and a host of UK newspapers on Wednesday.
Zidane called Ronaldo at the weekend to persuade him to stay with the Champions League winners, only to be told that "In Spain I am treated like a criminal".
An entire report about Manchester United, Real Madrid and a much-talked-about transfer that doesn't mention you know who. This could be stunt in order for Ronaldo to get a pay bump from Real; we've seen numerous players do that before, including United captain Wayne Rooney. La Liga, three Champions League titles and three more Balon d'Or, as well as global honours at last year's European Championship. As for what Real would expect to receive in return for selling Ronaldo, Metro says "a €150m (£131m) bid could be enough". He also said he needed to speak to the Portuguese but, with the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation under way, now was not a good time. However, one thing that could kill the deal would be if it drags on for too long.
Bayern President Uli Hoeness has pledged a big-name signing in the close season and Italian media had reported in recent days the German champions were interested in Ronaldo.