United’s summer draft has gained traction in recent weeks and the Old Trafford club hierarchy has long watched two potential new players.
There is an air of familiarity to Manchester United’s transfer activity this summer as the club is gearing up to try and provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a team capable of challenging Manchester City rivals next season.
While Tom Heaton’s replacement remains the only confirmed arrival of the summer, it seems things are falling into place behind the scenes.
Jadon Sancho will soon be a United player: a £ 73 million transfer fee was agreed with Borussia Dortmund and Sancho completed medical treatment and signed a five-year contract.
The England international is a long-term United goal, but his name hasn’t been on the club’s roster for as long as two other goals.
Raphael Varane is expected to be confirmed as United’s second-biggest arrival this summer, as negotiations progress positively with the Real Madrid defender.
Sir Alex Ferguson personally led the search for club Varane when he was still at Lens in 2011, but then-Real Madrid football director Zinedine Zidane was instrumental in persuading him to join the Spanish team there.
United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward tried again seven years later and was willing to spend £ 100 million to sign the defender after his participation in France’s 2018 World Cup win.
It looks like it will be a lucky third time in 2021.