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Man Utd to confirm £68m Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier double deal ‘next week’

Manchester United are reportedly close to completing the double signing of La Liga defenders Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier.  The Old Trafford hierarchy have been able to crack on with transfer plans this week after all but securing a £73million deal for Jadon Sancho. 

England winger Sancho will officially sign for United once a medical has been finalised. 

Bos Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted at least two or three new arrivals this summer to help bridge the gap between themselves and rivals Manchester City.  

The Norwegian guided United to a second-placed finish last term but they were 12 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s side.  

And United notably conceded more goals over the course of the campaign (44) than any of their other top four finishers.

Solskjaer has identified a couple of key areas that he wants to improve and has clearly moved early in the transfer window to complete his first-choice XI. 

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Real Madrid defender Varane is expected to fill that void and is a genuinely world-class addition to Solskjaer’s ranks.  

The France defender would likely cost around £50m, which would take another large chunk out of the club’s transfer budget after the big-money deal for Sancho. 

Meanwhile, versatile full-back Trippier is believed to be close to arriving from Atletico Madrid. 

Trippier would provide some welcomed competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

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Wan-Bissaka was a £50m signing from Crystal Palace in 2019 and has performed well in his two campaigns, particularly improving his end product.  

However, there is a feeling at United that he could move to the next level by having the same competition for his place that prompted Luke Shaw’s improved displays.  

Trippier can also provide back-up to Shaw at left-back, although Alex Telles would be likelier to step up in the absence of the England Euro 2020 final scorer.  

The new signings will leave a couple of fringe players uncertain about the futures. 

Full-back Brandon Williams will be pushed down to Solskjaer’s third choice right-back and fourth choice right back after the arrival of Trippier. 

Williams, 20, played 36 matches during his debut campaign in 2019-20 but featured just 14 times last season.  

Only four of those appearances in 2020-21 came in the Premier League.  

The academy graduate has been linked with a loan move to Southampton but nothing seems close to being confirmed.  

Meanwhile, the signing of Varane could lead to the departure of Axel Tuanzebe, who has also struggled for game time. 

Tuanzebe has also been rumoured to be heading out on a temporary basis but more recent suggestions have discussed United potentially wanting to cash in on the 23-year-old. 

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Man Utd have £68m Cristiano Ronaldo transfer theory as return a real possibility

Manchester United reportedly think Cristiano Ronaldo‘s price this summer could be lowered because of the enormous cost of his wages to Juventus each season. It’s thought his gross salary and the amortisation of his contract sets the Italian giants back around £68million (€80m) every year.
Ronaldo’s future is uncertain after three years in Turin and he was an unused substitute for the final day of the season when Juve’s Champions League status was yet to be confirmed.

Even still, the 36-year-old outscored Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku – another ex-United frontman – to be crowned Serie A’s top scorer after 29 strikes in 33 games.

Despite that it is thought Ronaldo – who is out of contract in a year’s time – could move on from the Allianz Stadium in the coming months.

That belief is partly down to the huge expense of keeping him in Italy for an extra 12 months. The financial pressure that Juve are under would be lifted almost solely by shedding Ronaldo’s salary off the wage bill.

And The Athletic say that United think his price could be brought down by the fact Juve need to balance the books and would appreciate the chance to remove his pay-packet.

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The Portugal captain has financial motives to stay at Juve due to tax incentives in the country but may be open to another new challenge.

Juve have failed to win the Champions League since his £99m switch from Real Madrid in 2018 which was engineered because of the Bianconeri’s desire to lift a first European Cup since 1996.

The Athletic say that despite the theory he could be available at a price much lower than that, it is likely Juve will still want to at least match his book value on their accounts.

That is estimated to stand at roughly £24m which on top of his salary for at least two seasons, any deal for Ronaldo still would not come cheaply for the Red Devils.

Yet a return to Old Trafford for the first time since 2009, having spent six years there under Sir Alex Ferguson, may be a genuine possibility this summer.

Reports from Spain have suggested a move back to United is a ‘priority’ for Ronaldo as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner seeks to move on.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane are other expensive potential additions said to be coveted by United, with Solskjaer keen to make at least two or three buys to strengthen his starting eleven.

But the possibility of an emotional homecoming for Ronaldo, a man with 674 club career goals and 229 assists in 894 appearances, might be too hard to ignore for the United hierarchy.

That is despite the fact he would instantly become the club’s highest-paid player over David de Gea, though his pedigree speaks for itself and it is thought United would be able to justify his wages as such.

ESPN have meanwhile claimed that Solskjaer wants as many as five signings to beef up his squad having been handed a £150m transfer budget, prior to player sales.

A striker, a winger, a defensive midfielder, a centre-back and a right-back are all being eyed, with Ronaldo fitting very much into the centre-forward category.

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Man Utd shortlist former Liverpool transfer target after learning £68m Jules Kounde price

The Dutch U21 international is one of a number of names mentioned, with Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane and Pau Torres of Villereal also touted for moves.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that Eduardo Camavinga that he will reconsider joining Real Madrid if they decide to sack under-fire manager Zinedine Zidane.

AS report that giving the Frenchman the boot will throw Camavinga’s plans in the air and therefore is keeping his options open about a move to English football, potentially with United.

The player’s agent, London-based Jonathan Barnett has labelled his client the ‘best young player in the world’ and suggested that while deals may be harder this summer, he still expects to break records.