Manchester United great Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala he must move to Old Trafford to become a champion.

Following Dybala’s return to Turin on Thursday, he asked for Ronaldo’s advice in the players’ WhatsApp group over the potential move to Old Trafford, a deal which would see Romleu Lukaku move the other way.

Ronaldo is understood to have approved of Dybala’s move to Manchester, citing that he became a ‘champion’ during his trophy-laden six-year stint at the club.

It is a resounding endorsement for United and could be the biggest step yet in their move to capture the talented 25-year-old Argentina international.

Ronaldo, along with club director Fabio Paratici and vice-president Pavel Nedved, is thought to be one of the strongest voices at the club and his advice is not taken lightly.

Having nudged Matthijs de Ligt to Turin earlier this summer with a pat on the back in the Nations League match between Portugal and the Holland, Ronaldo now appears to have played another pivotal role in one of the transfer deals of the transfer window.