Manchester United are considering signing another centre-back as well as Raphael Varane, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have already agreed a deal for Jadon Sancho. And they’re now looking to add further reinforcements to their squad while the transfer window is open.
Manchester United are a club ready to make big moves this summer.
The Glazers know they need to pump money into the club, especially after the European Super League debacle.
A deal for Sancho has already been agreed, with the 21-year-old poised to become their first signing of the summer transfer window.
A medical will take place once Euro 2020 is done and dusted, with Solskjaer believing he’s getting a player with the potential to shine like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s emerged today that United are close to finalising a deal for Varane, with the France international ready to leave Real Madrid for a new challenge.
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And they could go after the 24-year-old, especially if Bailly seals an emotional return to the club he departed five years ago.
Villarreal are said to be ‘accepting’ of the fact Torres’ £51.5million (€60million) release clause could be too steep for potential suitors.
And Bailly may not be the only player to leave United this summer.
Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi will both be loaned out, with Solskjaer hoping temporary departures can aid their development.
And the club are hoping to get Phil Jones off the wage bill, with the England international still contracted to the club until 2023.
Speaking last month, meanwhile, United owner Joel Glazer vowed to back Solskjaer on the transfer front and turn the club into a major force again.
“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.
“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.”
And he then added: “It [debt and dividend payments] has never stood in the way of us pursuing players or transfers on the pitch.
“We may have walked away from transfers at times because the other side wanted an outlandish number. And while it’s easy to pay it that one time, it does have consequences.
“You do it once and the next person expects it, and then the next person expects it. And that’s not good, ultimately, for the club. So, we think that we’re able to accomplish all these things and still have.
“We’re going to keep investing on the pitch, which we did last year, and we plan on doing it meaningfully this year. So, we feel that we’re in a good spot.”