Man Utd could repeat Jadon Sancho transfer trick to secure Raphael Varane transfer

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Manchester United may be able to repeat a transfer trick they used to capture Jadon Sancho when it comes to landing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. France defender Varane is set to follow Sancho through the arrivals door at Old Trafford.

Negotiations, though, are still being thrashed out between United and Real Madrid, with the La Liga side keen to see more than £50million put on the table initially.

The Red Devils are looking to lower the initial fee though, having splashed out £73m on Sancho earlier this summer.

According to Spanish journalist Jorge Calabres, Real could be persuaded into striking a deal that involves add-ons.

It’s claimed that a bid worth around £42m with various bonus payments would be enough to finally get the ball rolling.

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Varane is already thought to have agreed personal terms with United, and is set to sign a five-year contract worth around £10m a year.

Varane is United’s first choice but there remains an alternative if that deal fails to materialise.

Spanish outlet AS again lists Jules Kounde as a player on United’s radar.

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Kounde would cost United around £60million, more than what Real would ask for Varane.

However, the Sevilla star is six years younger than his compatriot so would likely be a longer-term option.

Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho is expected to join United after Euro 2020, with United confirming they had reached an agreement with the Bundesliga side.

But Red Devils skipper and England team-mate to Sancho appeared to admit that there may be some finer details still to be finalised in the deal for the winger.

“Jadon is a top player, exceptional talent, a young lad with a lot of experience,” Maguire said at an England press conference ahead of their semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.

“His numbers speak for themselves, what he has done over in Germany. He is a great player. I don’t think it is a done deal yet.

“We can’t confirm he is a Manchester United player, I know it is close but he is still a Dortmund player as it stands.

“Of course, it is exciting times ahead and hopefully we will get it across the line.”

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