Manchester United ‘just £12m short of Raphael Varane price’ as saga takes new turn

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Manchester United are reportedly just £12million short of meeting Real Madrid’s asking price for Raphael Varane. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already signed Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton this summer. And he wants the France international to be next.

Manchester United are determined to win the Premier League title next time out.

And that means the Glazers are ready to give Solskjaer the transfer backing he wants, especially following the European Super League debacle.

It’s been a positive start to the summer so far for the Red Devils, with Sancho and Heaton arriving from Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa respectively.

And United are now eyeing Varane, determined to sign the France international a decade after Sir Alex Ferguson first tried to bring him to Old Trafford.

Any deal won’t be straightforward, despite the 28-year-old having just 12 months left on his contract to run.

But Bleacher Report’s Rob Blanchette has claimed United are £12m short on Varane’s price, though Sergio Ramos’ move to PSG should help to accelerate a deal.

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“#MUFC are currently £12m short of Varane’s price, but PSG’s confirmation of Ramos should help the negotiations between United & Madrid to move forward,” he said on Twitter.

“Real need the cash and don’t want to lose the player on a free.

“Varane wants to leave. Time to get this done.”

United, in recent years, have dragged their feet through negotiations to try and get the cheapest deals possible for a club of their size and stature.

And it seems as though they’re adopting that tactic with Varane, too.

Should the France international move to Old Trafford, then it’s feasible he’ll go straight into the side as Solskjaer’s main partner for Harry Maguire.

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Maguire has impressed since joining from Leicester two years ago but the Red Devils know they need a better foil for the England star if they’re to win the biggest titles.

Varane’s move would see Victor Lindelof spend more time on the bench, while it would also raise question marks over the futures of Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe.

Bailly has been linked with a move to Villarreal, who beat Solskjaer’s team in the Europa League final back in May.

And Tuanzebe could rejoin Aston Villa temporarily, with the United star desperately needing a loan spell to rediscover his best form.

Any deal for Varane would make the Real Madrid star the club’s third recruit of the transfer window so far.

And it was only last month that former Red Devils defender Wes Brown claimed they needed just three additions to win the title next term.

“I’ve definitely seen an improvement at Manchester United in the past 12 months or so,” he said.

“On their day they can beat any team in the world, I just think they struggle to perform in the games where you’d expect them to win.

“Sometimes I think we were guilty of being a little bit short in midfield and the back-line has changed quite a lot throughout the season. Normally you have your two centre-halves set in stone and you build from there.

“Ole should be looking at three key areas where he can strengthen the first-team, and that’s with a new centre-back, a midfielder and a striker.

“The club needs to lose a few players as well, and I know that’s sometimes easier said than done, but they’ve got to make some room for new arrivals.

“They definitely need a strong midfielder to come in and play week-in and week-out.

“I thought the club managed alright last season up-front but I’d still say they need a big name up there – especially for when someone like Anthony Martial isn’t fit.

“Whenever one of our attackers got the slightest knock, we really struggled. You’re looking around at the bench and thinking ‘where’s our Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?’ That player who can make a difference. There just needs to be a bit of strength in depth in that area.

“I probably went to every home game last season, and I have to say it was really disappointing at times.

“Away from home the team were fantastic, like they were playing with no fear, but at home they seemed to really struggle.

“We never really got our rhythm going; but if that changes, then it’s a completely different story. You’d hope the return of fans has a positive impact in those results at Old Trafford next season.”

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