"Ronaldo's return", other than when he actually did return to Manchester for last year's Champions League tie, has been a recurring topic for over two years, despite the Portuguese signing a long-term contract at Real last year. Ronaldo, for all his supposed selfishness and vanity, is a team player and is dismayed that a year after Mesut Özil left the Bernabéu, Ángel di María and Xabi Alonso have also departed.
That has impacted Real's campaign, too. They've lost their last two La Liga games and "Ronaldo wants out" stories are gaining momentum. United have an offer prepared to re-sign the 29-year-old and Financial Fair Play-wary Paris Saint-Germain will not be in for him. United fans would want him, Ed Woodward would want him but would Louis van Gaal?
"Look, we need to replace Cleverley..."
Ezequiel Lavezzi has hovered onto Liverpool's radar again amid speculation this could be his final year in Paris. He has started their three Ligue 1 games on the bench.
And one man not going anywhere is Eden Hazard, who is about to sign a new £200,000-a-week contract with Chelsea.