Manchester United may reignite their interest in Raphael Varane

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks certain to dip into the January transfer market to strengthen his options for the second half of the season.

The Norwegian splashed out over £70 million on new players this summer, with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellestri, and Edinson Cavani all arriving at Old Trafford.

Amad Diallo is set to finally join up with the Manchester United squad at the start of 2021, after his work permit was approved, but Solskjaer will be targeting certain areas in need of reinforcements.

We look at the latest transfer rumours doing the rounds at Old Trafford.

La Liga defensive star linked with Old Trafford


Solskjaer could revive United’s long-standing interest in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, with the French international entering the final year of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

United were heavily linked with a move for Varane during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure, and again in Jose Mourinho’s time in charge at Old Trafford, but the former 27-year old opted to remain in Spain.

However, as per reports from the Manchester Evening News , United could now reignite their interest, with Real Madrid dropping their asking price to below £70m due to several inconsistent performances in the last 12 months.

Varane remains a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane, but he could be tempted by a new challenge in the Premier League if United can lure Real Madrid into a deal.

But, Solskjaer will have to remove Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and potentially Eric Bailly from a bloated wage bill before he can bring in a new central defender.

Henderson linked with Celtic loan switch

United goalkeeper Dean Henderson could be loaned out in January as the England international looks to secure first-team football ahead of next summer’s European Championships.

Henderson opted to return to Old Trafford ahead of the 2020/21 season after an excellent two-season loan stint with Sheffield United.

However, his intention to challenge David de Gea for the No.1 slot has yielded just two EFL Cup and one Champions League appearance so far.

That lack of action has reopened the chances of a loan exit, with former Scotland boss Alex McLeish tipping him for a move to Celtic.

“Yeah, he’s quite special. From the footage I saw from last season he was at a fabulous level,” he told an interview with Football Insider .

“His team had a great season built on the back of some fantastic work by him.

“That’s what they say about a goalkeeper, they can save you. A good club goalie is worth 10 points a season, an international goalie 15 points, a world-class goalie can be 20-odd points.

“These are the numbers that these goalkeepers, along with the coaches, strive to make and that, for me, would be a very strong statement (for Celtic).”

Fernandes details failed Tottenham move

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

The question now is whether they can find the right balance?

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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has confirmed he almost completed a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham in the summer of 2019.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was impressed by Fernandes’ performances in midfield for Sporting and wanted to bring the Portuguese international to north London.

However, despite a deal appearing to be done ahead of the 2019/20 season, Sporting pulled the plug, in a dramatic twist that proved to be United’s gain just six months later.

“I was close to joining Tottenham in 2019. In the summer I was closer to Tottenham than Manchester,” he told the Official Manchester United Podcast .

“Sporting thought the proposal was not good enough, they thought they deserved more for a player like me. They wanted more money. I was not mad, I was sad.

“I thought dream of coming to the Premier League was not happening.

“But everything has a purpose. Maybe at that time, I didn’t go to Tottenham because something special was coming.

“It worked better because I got to put two dreams together – playing in the Premier League and for Manchester United.”

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