By Mary Cunningham

Cristiano Ronaldo is going back to the Premier League, bypassing Manchester City for a return to rival Manchester United, his longtime former club.

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical,” the team said in a statement.

Ronaldo, 36, is one of the world’s top players and most popular athletes when he competed for United between 2003 and 2009. He rejoins United on a reported two-year contract through a 15 million euro deal (about $17.6 million) with 8 million euros ($9.4 million) in potential add-ons.

The Portuguese star joined Italian power Juventus for about $117 million in 2018 after nine seasons and four Champions League titles with Real Madrid. He won a pair of Serie A titles in his first two years in Turin, but Juventus failed to advance beyond the quarterfinals in Champions League competition.

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