Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Manchester United’s plan to sign Raphael Varane has been inadvertently boosted by Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Ramos, reports say. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the France international to partner Harry Maguire at the back. But snapping him up won’t be easy, with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain also linked.
Manchester United are willing to back Solskjaer on the transfer front this summer.
The Red Devils know they need more reinforcements if they’re to win the Premier League title, a prize they’ve had to go without in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson walked away.
Jadon Sancho is being eyed as well as Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, while a move for Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t entirely out of the question.
But, when it comes to the centre-back position, Varane appears to be the club’s top transfer target.
United first tried to secure the signing of the World Cup winner back in 2011, when Ferguson ruled the roost, only to end up missing out to Real Madrid instead.
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And they’re primed to go again this summer, with Solskjaer aware of the shortcomings of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe.
Now, The Mirror say United’s cause has been helped, albeit inadvertently, by Los Blancos trio Modric, Vazquez and Ramos.
That’s because Varane is unhappy at the La Liga giants sitting down for negotiations with them, instead of him, especially given his status as one of their best players.
The 28-year-old has won every major trophy during his time at the Bernabeu, including four Champions League crowns.
And he could now join Ramos out of the exit door, with a move to United looking increasingly likely given Solskjaer’s determination to bolster his squad in that area.
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The problem for the Red Devils, however, is that they’re not the only club interested.
PSG are unsure over signing Ramos, whose Bernabeu exit was recently confirmed, due to his wage demands and fitness issues.
So that could lead them into pursuing Varane instead, with the Ligue 1 giants setting their sights on the Champions League title next time out.
Chelsea are also admirers of the France international, with Thomas Tuchel currently looking to strengthen despite winning Europe’s biggest prize last term.
And whether United are able to finally sign Varane, 10 years after they tried to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams, remains to be seen.
Speaking earlier this month, meanwhile, United owner Joel Glazer vowed to back Solskjaer on the transfer front and turn the club into a major force again.
“Our goal is to win every competition we compete in, and we will continue to invest in our Academy and in the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals,” he said.
“As a club we have devoted a lot of time and resources over the last several years updating and further developing our vast global scouting network to adapt to the modern football environment.
“This is a project that should provide a foundation for long-term success in the years to come.
“In addition, as you all know, we have also been focused on growing and developing our women’s team in line with the traditions and values of the club, and we are committed to continuing that process.”
And he then added: “It [debt and dividend payments] has never stood in the way of us pursuing players or transfers on the pitch.
“We may have walked away from transfers at times because the other side wanted an outlandish number. And while it’s easy to pay it that one time, it does have consequences.
“You do it once and the next person expects it, and then the next person expects it. And that’s not good, ultimately, for the club. So, we think that we’re able to accomplish all these things and still have.
“We’re going to keep investing on the pitch, which we did last year, and we plan on doing it meaningfully this year. So, we feel that we’re in a good spot.”
United haven’t signed a player yet, but Tom Heaton is understood to be close to becoming their first signing of the summer.
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