The Red Devils appear to have made a breakthrough on their no. 1 transfer target as they look to mount a title challenge in 2021-22 with significant investment planned
Manchester United look to be close to sealing their first signing of the summer – and it’s a big one.
The Red Devils are looking to build on their second-place finish last season, hoping to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2013, the year Sir Alex Ferguson departed.
Their hunt for England international Jadon Sancho, who has played just six minutes for the Three Lions at Euro 2020, has well and truly been a saga for the last 12 months, but it could finally be over soon.
But for every end, a beginning, as another transfer fiasco dawns in the red half of Manchester.
Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest transfer news at Old Trafford.
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It seems there’s been a breakthrough in United’s pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund winger.
Multiple reports followed Bild’s story, claiming that an agreement was close and that things could potentially be sealed ‘in the next few days.’
BBC Sport state that the Red Devils’ latest bid is worth €85million (£72.6m) and although it’s unlikely to be accepted by BVB chiefs due it still being short of their valuation, the deal is now seen as an eventually.
It’s been widely reported that personal terms have been agreed with Sancho, who has managed 50 goals and 64 assists in 137 games for Dortmund.
Sancho recently told talkSPORT regarding his future: “I’m cool about it.
“There’s always going to be speculation, especially when you do well,” said the 21-year-old.
“It’s just how you handle that on the pitch. You’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing, if you keep on doing that then I’m sure that won’t be a problem.”
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Varane the next saga?
However, Varane’s focus is currently on the European Championships, so could be a long race for any club to secure his signature.
Paris Saint-Germain also said to be interested in the Frenchman, who hasn’t committed his future at the Santiago Bernabeu despite his contract expiring next summer.
The four-time Champions League winner is regarded as one of the world’s best centre-backs and will reportedly cost £68m.
Axel exit on the cards
Axel Tuanzebe is expected to leave Old Trafford on a season-long loan this summer.
The Manchester Evening News say the club have made a decision on the academy product’s immediate future.
The 23-year-old made 19 appearances in all competitions last term, struggling to keep his place in the starting XI whenever selected.
Tuanzebe impressed in a short spell at Aston Villa in 2019, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League under Dean Smith.
With another centre-back potentially arriving at Old Trafford, game time might be even harder to come by for the Rochdale-raised defender next term.