Later News Jul 02

Manchester United reportedly turn their attention to Varane after sealing Sancho deal


After finally capturing their long-term transfer target Jadon Sancho, Manchester United are reportedly looking at sealing yet another high-profile deal by bringing in French defender Raphael Varane.

 

Having presumably had enough of Victor Lindelof’s ineptitude in defence, and unable to trust the injury-prone Eric Bailly to not break a bone or two from sneezing, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided that the Red Devils should invest in their very own ‘Virgil van Dijk’ if they are to genuinely compete for the English Premier League (EPL) title.

 

And the Norwegian has identified Real Madrid’s Varane as the ideal partner for Harry Maguire in the heart of United’s defence.

 

WATCH: The best of Varane at Real Madrid

 

According to ESPN, United have confirmed that “some discussions” have taken place regarding to signing of the 28-year-old defender, but no time frame for the transfer has been set as yet. Varane is currently on holiday, after failing to prevent World Champions France from falling to a last-16 exit at the ongoing European Championship.

 

With about one year left on his contract with Real Madrid, Varane could join United for as little as €50m (S$80m) – a real steal, considering that’s approximately about the same amount that Brighton are looking to fleece Arsenal and Everton for for defender Ben White.

 

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Nonetheless, considering that United have paid €85m (S$136m) to Borussia Dortmund for 21-year-old Sancho, signing Varane would take their expenditure – on just two players – to a whopping €135m (S$215m).

 

This amount would have been substantially higher, if Dortmund had their way. An upset Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO of Dortmund, said: “It was Jadon's express wish to change, we would have liked to keep him. We are not happy about the money (and) sad that he's leaving.”

 

Interestingly, for all the times that United fans have mocked Pep Guardiola for being a ‘chequebook manager’, they seem awfully quiet about the amount their club could potentially spend this summer.

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Sancho, who recorded 16 goals and 20 assists for Dortmund last season, is expected to finalise a five-year contract with United. United said in a statement posted on their website: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Jadon Sancho.

 

“The signing is subject to contractual terms and a medical, which will be completed after Jadon’s involvement in the UEFA European Championship.”

 

WATCH: Dortmund CEO Watzke confirms Sancho transfer

 

Despite the hype surrounding Sancho, he has yet to start a single game at the Euros, as Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate continues to bank on squeezing the life out of both the opposition and fans alike with his dour and defensive tactics.

 

England are set to take on Ukraine in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Sunday morning (SGT).

 

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