Man Utd’s stance on Raphael Varane deal with Pau Torres transfer talks ‘advancing’

Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Manchester United are working hardest on a deal for Raphael Varane despite Pau Torres talks ‘advancing’, it has been claimed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign a strong defensive partner for Harry Maguire in this summer’s transfer window. And they’re not the only two players of interest over at Old Trafford.

Manchester United did well in the Premier League last term, finishing second in the table for just the second time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013.

But their Europa League final defeat to Villarreal hammered home the need for reinforcements, despite the progress they’ve made under Solskjaer so far.

As a result, United have set their sights on a new centre-back.

While Maguire has been consistent ever since his move from Leicester two years ago, the likes of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe have been far from assured.

Recently it was claimed by Spanish media that transfer talks over a deal for Torres were ‘advancing’.

But BBC Sport journalist Constantin Eckner has claimed it’s Varane who is actually United’s main aim, with the club working hardest to secure the signing of the Real Madrid star.

THINK YOU KNOW SPORT? Test your sporting knowledge with our tricky quiz

Varane previously came close to moving to the club back in 2011.

Sir Alex Ferguson wanted the centre-back, who was strutting his stuff for Lens in Ligue 1 at the time, only to end up missing out after Zinedine Zidane enticed the youngster to Spain instead.

Varane later opened up on that situation, saying: “Zidane called me and I asked him to call me back because I was studying for my baccalaureate.

“It’s my relaxed nature that made me react like that. You have to be care-free to deal with so many things at such a young age.

“But to be honest, after that call, my mind was elsewhere; it was hard to focus on revising!

“It was the craziest period of my life: I was getting ready for the baccalaureate, the phone was ringing off the hook, I visited the Real facilities, I met Alex Ferguson… Just imagine, I was doing exams and signing autographs for other students.


Alex Telles ‘to be used in Man Utd swap deal’

Chelsea may have signed perfect Haaland partner

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona anger explained

“It was surreal. I’m really proud of having passed.”

And while United appear to admire Torres, it’s his La Liga counterpart who is Solskjaer’s top defensive target at the current moment in time.

As well as the Real Madrid star, the Red Devils are also aiming to make other additions now the summer transfer window is now open.

Erling Haaland had initially been earmarked as a priority target but interest in the Norwegian has been put on hold for now, especially in the wake of Edinson Cavani’s contract extension.

Therefore, United are now hopeful of landing Jadon Sancho instead – at the fourth time of asking.

The club have tried to recruit the 21-year-old in 2017, 2019 and 2020 only to end up missing out and swooping for alternatives every time.

But, this summer, United are confident things will be different and Sancho will soon be their player.

At right-back, Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier remains a target – though he won’t come cheap with Diego Simeone’s side wanting £43million to let the player go.

And, in midfield, United are admirers of Declan Rice and Jack Grealish.

Even an emotional homecoming for Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been entirely ruled out, with the Juventus star looking increasingly likely to leave the Serie A giants behind.

And who United ultimately end up snapping up remains to be seen.

Joel Glazer has made it clear he’ll back Solskjaer on the transfer front, insisting the club can compete with Europe’s finest when it comes to the biggest and best players on the planet.

“We think that Manchester United is a very well run club, and we think clubs throughout football could take a look at us, and there’s a lot of good to be seen when it comes to some of these things that are controversial,” Glazer said recently.

“We’re able to spend with the top clubs throughout Europe, whether it’s wages or transfer fees, we’ve been able to keep our ticket prices low, we’ve not increased them in over 10 years.

“We’re able to pay a dividend but it’s a modest proportion of our five to six hundred million pounds of revenue; it’s less than three percent of that.

“We have debt, but a lot of other clubs do have debt as well. We pay a very low interest rate, mostly fixed interest debt. So, if interest rates went up it would not affect us, but we had made progress in reducing our debt over the last several years. The net debt was meaningfully reduced a couple years ago.”

Source: Read Full Article