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Manchester United have reportedly agreed personal terms for Raphael Varane. And, with Jadon Sancho already in the bag, that speaks volumes about the Glazers this summer. They mean business – and the footballing world should be afraid.
Manchester United, according to Spanish website ABC Sports, are on the verge of signing Varane.
While the Red Devils have some work to do over a fee for the 28-year-old, it’s claimed personal terms have already been agreed.
For United, that’s quite something. The player himself is hoping to start pre-season training with the Red Devils in two weeks’ time, such is his desire to move to Old Trafford.
And it speaks volumes about the Glazers and suggests that, just quite possibly, they’re ready to start being serious again.
Earlier in the year, when news of the European Super League broke, it was the Americans who felt the heat.
The world queued up to condemn Joel and Avram, the two big heavyweights, with supporters then storming Old Trafford itself to make their voices heard.
In the aftermath, the Glazers have started to mend relations. Started, being the big key word.
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They know they have plenty of work to do but apologising, and paying United’s fine with their own money, was a positive start.
Then, just last month, Joel made it clear United would do everything in their power to become the biggest team in the country again – eight years on from their last Premier League title.
“Our goal is to win every competition we compete in, and we will continue to invest in our Academy and in the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals,” he said.
“As a club we have devoted a lot of time and resources over the last several years updating and further developing our vast global scouting network to adapt to the modern football environment.
“This is a project that should provide a foundation for long-term success in the years to come.
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“In addition, as you all know, we have also been focused on growing and developing our women’s team in line with the traditions and values of the club, and we are committed to continuing that process.”
At the time, the Glazers’ words were dismissed as empty. After all, their track record doesn’t paint them in a positive light.
But United have made a flying start to this transfer window and, with their interest in Varane being accelerated, it shows there’s more to come.
Signing Jadon Sancho, certainly, was a good start.
The Borussia Dortmund star has been on the club’s radar for four years but, three times previously, the Red Devils have missed out.
The most recent case was 12 months ago when United chased Sancho to the wire, only to be priced out of a deal by their Bundesliga counterparts.
But United, this time around, coughed up the money.
And make no mistake about it, the Sancho deal is a belter. The England international has the potential to light up Old Trafford and solve the club’s issues on the right wing, an area they’ve struggled in since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Tom Heaton’s return is another positive move, one that will keep goalkeepers David De Gea and Dean Henderson on their toes and possibly spark them into even better form.
But Varane, out of all, would be a major coup.
This is one of the world’s best defenders, a serial winner who has scooped three La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns during his time at the club.
And the fact the Red Devils have already agreed personal terms with the player, less than a week after France’s Euro 2020 exit at the hands of Switzerland, shows they’re making big moves.
Furthermore, the spending may not end there.
United want another centre-back on top of Varane, believing they require more than just Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones to call upon.
At right-back, Kieran Trippier remains of interest.
In midfield, both Declan Rice and Eduardo Camavinga are admired – having sparkled for West Ham and Rennes respectively over the past two years.
And a stunning return for Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been entirely ruled out either. They couldn’t, could they?
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