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Andy Cole gives nod for Raphael Varane transfer to Man United

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Manchester United legend Andy Cole has given his nod to the Red Devils’ pursuit of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane this summer.

Andy Cole, who gave his backing to Manchester United to sign Raphael Varane in the summer, described the France international potentially a “fantastic signing” for the Red Devils.

The summer transfer window is now about a move for Raphael Varane to Man United after the Premier League heavyweights moved quickly to land Jadon Sancho this time around.

Manchester United legend said, “If that happens, I think it’s going to be a big, big positive. He’s still very young for a centre-half and has played at the highest level for many many years now.

“He’s won numerous championships and Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, World Cup winner. So he obviously has the qualities to bring Manchester United forward, so if it happens I think it would be a fantastic signing.”

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are the frontrunners to sign Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane this summer, according to Spanish football journalist Euan McTear.

After playing for France at the Euros, Varane will now turn his attention back to club football and where he will be playing this season coming, with McTear telling TT: “At this point, Manchester United seem like the frontrunners”.

He added: “They’re are one of the clubs that do have a space there, next to Maguire there is a question mark, some of the other clubs have their two settled centre-backs so Manchester United makes a bit of sense”.

Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid have lost their legendary defender Sergio Ramos who has now joined French Ligue 1 outfit PSG after leaving the club on a free transfer for failing to agree on a new deal.

However, they do not mind losing Raphael Varane to United as long as the right fee is brought forward.

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Man United in the mix to sign Ruben Neves

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Manchester United are in the mix to sign Ruben Neves from Wolves in this summer’s transfer window.

It has been claimed that Man United’s interest in Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is ‘genuine’ but they are in the mix to sign the star player.

No doubt, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to have a more attacking side next season and Ruben Neves has been identified to help this course with the deal expected to please Bruno Fernandes.

Eurosport’s Dean Jones, speaking on The Football Terrace podcast, has claimed United’s interest in the Wolves star is ‘genuine’.

He added that Fernandes wants his compatriot to move to Old Trafford as the club set out to win the Premier League title next season.

“That final position will be in midfield,” he said.

“It’s just a case of is it, Ruben Neves? Is it a defensive midfielder? It’s all going to depend and it would really give us an insight into what Solskjaer’s mentality is going into the season and what type of football we can expect from him.

“Is he sticking with that McTominay and Fred? Or is he going to be more open than that, with a ball-player like Neves that can come in.

“I’m told that the Neves pursuit is genuine. And while Arsenal are the most active in trying to get that over the line, United are still in the conversation

“Bruno Fernandes is obviously very keen for Neves to join and the club are aware of that.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer was asked about transfer business after his side beat Derby 2-1 in their pre-season friendly on Sunday. He hinted that the club is still keen on doing some business before the end of the window.

Solskajer also said Sancho’s move would soon be confirmed, saying: “From what I understand only paperwork, small little details, hopefully, we can announce something.

“Let’s get all the paperwork done and get him over the line and then I can say what I truly feel about the player.”

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Ray Parlour hints at what will happen toMan United if they sign these two players

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Arsenal legend, Ray Parlour has predicted that Manchester United will be in a stronger position to challenge for the Premier League title if they land Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier.

The Red Devils reached the final of the Europa League but failed to win it as they also missed out of the Premier League title with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side conceding a number of avoidable goals last season.

The club has already made a statement to come out stronger by agreeing on a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho and they are in line to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

The Real Madrid and France defender will cost £50million, taking the club’s summer spending to over £100million. Kieran Trippier is also being linked and could join the club.

According to former Arsenal man Parlour, all three deals will move United closer to a title charge.

“Well certainly Varane is a top quality player, I was really impressed with him during the Euros, he’s an excellent defender, so that will be a great signing for Manchester United,” the pundit told talkSPORT.

“Trippier, we know what he can do. Whether they can play three at the back at times, [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka obviously is the main man, [Trippier] can play left-back as well, so he’s very good cover and he’s a great pro as well.

“That’s what [Man United] have got to do, they’ve got to compete and try to get closer to Man City, who everyone is chasing,” he added.

“Liverpool are the same, they’ll be trying to make signings as well. You can’t stand still in the Premier League.

“I think that Maguire and [John] Stones were a very good partnership during the Euros and I can imagine Maguire and Varane will be a decent partnership.

“If you’ve got a good defence you’ve always got a chance, and with the attacking players they’ve got, and with Sancho coming in, it will give them a much better chance of getting closer and challenging for that title.”

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Man Utd told stopping transfer activity after Raphael Varane will still hurt

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Manchester United are reportedly closing in on Raphael Varane from Real Madrid but have been told not to stop there as they will still need to strengthen with two players.

The Red Devils are set to officially announce the capture of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in the coming days for a fee of £73million which adds to that of Raphael Varane to take their spending to over £100m in this window.

However, former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley said they still need to upgrade on two first-team regulars as there are a couple of positions that still need improving, starting with right-back.

“I still think a problem area for them is right-back,” he told ESPN FC.

“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is a young guy who’s done well, defensively in particular, but I think they’ve not had enough from that position going forward.

“I know people don’t like to talk about full-backs because it’s not the fancy thing to do – we talk about strikers and midfielders.

“But they went out and spent a lot of money on him and I think it’s becoming a bit of a problem area for them.”

Burley also reckons midfielder Scott McTominay, who was a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, is not at the level required for United to overtake their rivals.

“McTominay’s an interesting one,” Burley continued.

“I think McTominay is a really, really good young player and has done well for club and country.

“But would he walk into any of the other teams that they’re going to be battling with? And I think the answer is no.

“I think they need a bit more presence in that position.”

Meanwhile, Man United are battling to keep Paul Pogba at the club ahead of the coming season as he is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with French Ligue 1 outfit PSG.

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