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30/09/2014 08:14 BST | Updated 30/09/2014 08:59 BST

Cristiano Ronaldo To Manchester United 'In 2016' - Transfer Talk

Cristiano Ronaldo is winning the closed-window rumour mill hands down, with the latest report regarding his possible to return to Manchester United claiming he will re-join the Reds in 2016.

Ronaldo will be 31, then, which won't exactly suit United or Louis van Gaal (providing he's still in charge), who'd be entering the last year of his Old Trafford contract.

Ronaldo needs, realistically, two more seasons in Spain if he is to overtake Raúl's Real Madrid goalscoring record. Raúl has 323 goals, followed by Alfredo di Stéfano on 305 and Carlos Santillana on 289, with the Portuguese 24 more behind. Ronaldo is a freak of nature and has scored at an astonishing 1.04 per match for Real whereas Raúl took 16 years to notch up a triple century, so he could claim the mantle this season.

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Ronaldo celebrates his last United goal against Manchester City in 2009

United might have bought some centre-backs by 2016, which would excuse the extravagant fee Ronaldo will likely command, too.

Down south, Chelsea are interested in another Benfica prospect, 20-year-old Brazilian Anderson Talisca. José Mourinho will be hoping he's more Nemanja Matić than David Luíz. And definitely not another Anderson.

The Premier League leaders are also keen on Ross Barkley, coveted by Manchester City, and all yours for £50 million.

And Sampdoria's Manolo Gabbiadini (no, he's not the son of Marco) has plenty of admirers in England.