Man United close to completing double swoop

The Red Devils are close to completing moves for Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier for a combined £68m according to reports.

Man United have been keen to bolster their defense this summer and are convinced that the pair based in Madrid would add more quality to their backline.

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been looking for the ideal partner to play alongside Harry Maguire in central defense and is set to hand Real Madrid £50m for Varane according to The Sun.

The player’s representatives have reportedly worked out a five-year deal for the French defender at Old Trafford.

Trippier is another target of the Red Devils although he has spent just two years at Atletico Madrid following his move from Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur. He won La Liga with the Diego Simeone-led side last season but could return to England this summer.

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He has established himself as one of the best right-backs for England and is currently preferred to Man United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The latter’s attacking ability from the full-back position has been questioned.

Trippier can b deployed on the left or on the right and can also play as a wing-back and this is a big plus.

However, The Red Devils will need to part with £18m to sign him from Atletico Madrid. It is being reported that both deals are close to completion and could be confirmed next week. Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho’s announcement is imminent.

Ole Gunnar Solskjate is eager to build on his side’s second-place finish last term and go one better but it remains to be seen if this will materialize as their domestic rivals would also strengthen. He said:

“Definitely. We all need to start on the front foot and kick-off at the right tempo because, when the season starts, we know how little can decide the season being a successful one or not so successful.

“Every single game of those 38 counts equally. Yeah, there are bragging rights for some of the games, of course, but you only get three points every game and you’ve got to take one game at a time.”