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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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Trippier: England have progressed since 2018

Kieran Trippier believes England have progressed since their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat and is relishing Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 clash with Denmark.

The 30-year-old’s free-kick had the nation dreaming of reaching a first major tournament final since 1966, only for Croatia to turn things around and snatch a 2-1 extra-time win in Russia.

It was England’s third major tournament semi-final loss since lifting the World Cup and Gareth Southgate’s side have the opportunity to end that hoodoo against the Danes on Wednesday.

“I think from the two years the team has changed a lot and we are in a position now where we just want to create our own history. That’s all we want to do,” Trippier said.

“There are only maybe six or seven of us from that World Cup team, we have got so much good young talent now.

“It is there for everyone to see the attacking players we’ve got and I think we’ve taken that step forward from 2018.

“The Nations League we were in the semi-final and now we are playing Denmark – we have made a real good progression over the years.”

Wednesday’s semi-final opponents have been brought together by distressing circumstances after Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in their opening game.

Southgate said Denmark were “riding a wave of emotion” into the semi-final, when Eriksen’s former team-mate at Tottenham Harry Kane will present Denmark captain Simon Kjaer with a signed England ‘Eriksen 10’ shirt.

Trippier, another former team-mate of Eriksen, said: “We were on the coach, before the Croatia game. We saw it on the screens.

“It’s just important that he is here with us. He’s getting better, he’s making progress. It’s just hard to put into words because I have played with him. I was close with Christian.

“The most important thing is he is getting better. I messaged him. I didn’t do it straight away, I messaged him through social media.

“This is the time to give him privacy, with his family and his children. We just want him to make progress in his recovery.”

Euros podcast: England vs Denmark tactical analysis

In the latest Sky Sports Football Euros podcast, Peter Smith is joined by Ben Ransom, Nick Wright and Gerard Brand to preview England’s Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Will Gareth Southgate go to a back three? What threats do Denmark pose on England’s watertight defence? What can England learn from October’s Nations League defeat against the Danes? And has Raheem Sterling been the overall player of the tournament so far?

Plus, we preview the other semi-final as Italy face Spain on Tuesday night at Wembley.

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