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Why Man United isn’t close to signing Facundo Medina

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English Premier League outfit Manchester United are not close to signing highly-rated RC Lens defender Facundo Medina as reported in some media outlets.

Facundo Medina 21, joined RC Lens about a year ago after making a £3.15m switch from Club Atletico Talleres but the talented Argentinian has become one of Ligue 1’s most highly-rated defenders in the league.

Medina, who plays as a left-footed centre-back, has enjoyed 25 first-team appearances.

His performance has attracted several clubs including the Red Devils but the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team are not any close as reported because they have not submitted a bid for the player.

In fact, there has been no contact between the two clubs at all ad a source close to the player has revealed that Medina has not been scouted by United’s recruitment team, nor has any contact been made to ask about the 21-year-old’s availability.

Facundo Medina is also on the wish list of other clubs including the top-six Premier League teams but it has not been confirmed if a move has been made to land him or contact established with the French side for a possible deal.

South American football expert Tim Vickery has therefore spoken of the potentials Man United or any other suitors will stand to enjoy if they make a move for Facundo Medina.

“He doesn’t have a great deal behind him, he didn’t make the grade at River Plate,” Vickery told Sky Sports.

“(He) went to a provincial side, Talleres de Cordoba, and after about 30 games there he went to France where they seem to be very happy with him.

“A rugged, left-sided defender who has just got himself on the fringes of the senior Argentina squad. He’s a tough character, that’s what the French seem to be enjoying about him, and his leadership qualities. He came from the same neighbourhood that gave us Diego Maradona.

“So a tough upbringing, leadership things, but I don’t think we’ve got enough behind him yet to really know if he has the quality to be a defender in the Premier League.”

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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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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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