Manchester United To Announce Double Deal For Raphael Varane & Kieran Trippier By NEXT WEEK
Manchester United will announce the signings of defensive duo Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier NEXT WEEK according to stunning reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to strengthen his squad after finishing 12 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League.
High on his priority list has been reinforcements in defence and per The Sun, two big names are close to arriving at Old Trafford.
United have chased Varane for a number of years and are ready to pay Real Madrid a fee of around £50 million for his signature.
The France international is entering the final year of his deal and is ready for a new challenge after a decade in Spain.
Madrid have already seen Sergio Ramos depart for Paris Saint-Germain this summer and want a fee for Varane.
United regularly paired captain Harry Maguire with Victor Lindelof last season but are aware they need more experience.
Meanwhile, Trippier is keen on a return to England after spending the last two seasons with Atletico Madrid.
He won La Liga last season and is the club's first English player in 95 years, with his cost being around £18 million.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is currently the starting right-back but many have doubted his attacking ability, which Trippier excels at.
It'd take United's spending up to the £140 million mark after confirming the signing of Jadon Sancho earlier this month.
Solskjaer is reportedly keen on United being more attacking next season after cagey contests with the big six last.
In those games United often played Scott McTominay and Fred in central midfield together and had to sacrifice at least one of his attacking players.
However it looks like the manager is going to change that for next season and instead play a 4-3-3 with two more attacking midfielders and one holding.
According to ESPN, Solskjaer has already told the players who have returned to training this summer of his plan.
Varane's arrival means the defence wouldn't need as much shielding and as a result, give more opportunities for Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to play together.
Pogba started a number of games on the left wing last campaign, meaning Marcus Rashford also had to shift to an unnatural role on the right.
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