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Manchester United make Raphael Varane their next priority transfer target after agreeing Jadon Sancho deal


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will bolster his Manchester United squad this summer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have made Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane their priority transfer target after reaching an agreement to sign Jadon Sancho, reports say.

Premier League giants United have agreed a deal in principle with Borussia Dortmund to sign England international Sancho for an initial £72.6million.

Sancho, 21, is now set to undertake a medical at Old Trafford before being officially unveiled as a Manchester United player.

The Red Devils enjoyed a largely promising campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season and are ready to back the club legend with a number of signings this summer.

After securing Sancho’s signature, Manchester United will look to sign a new centre-back partner for club captain Harry Maguire, with Madrid’s Varane at the top of Solskjaer’s wish-list, according to The Telegraph.

Varane has spent almost a decade at the Bernabeu and won a number of trophies at the club but is stalling over signing a new contract and reportedly wants to leave to take up a new challenge.

The 28-year-old is said to be open to joining Manchester United but may have his head turned by their domestic rivals Chelsea who have this week entered the race for his signature.

The Red Devils now want to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand doubts his former club or Chelsea will sign Varane this summer, however, and believes the Frenchman is simply trying to earn himself a better deal.

‘Varane is just doing things, massaging the papers, the media papers and the headlines to get a bigger deal at Real Madrid,’ Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.

‘If Varane doesn’t sign a new deal at Real Madrid, I’ll be surprised. Real Madrid are not letting Ramos and Varane go in the same window, 100 per cent. He’s not going anywhere, man’s gonna get a new deal.

‘It’s happened in the past, it’s not new, players like [Toni] Kroos and [Bastian] Schweinsteiger have done it. At Bayern as well, they’ve all done it.’

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