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Manchester United close in on a double raid on La Liga giants

Manchester United are plotting a serious squad rebuild in the off-season as they bid to end a run of four trophyless seasons.

Manchester United have endured a productive transfer window so far. The Red Devils have signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and are now on the verge of closing out two more deals, according to Daily Mail. Kieran Trippier and Raphael Varane are expected to follow Sancho to the Old Trafford in the upcoming weeks.

Varane is looking to leave Real Madrid in order to pursue a new challenge having spent over a decade in Spain now. The Frenchman is in the final year of his contract and given his desire to depart, Los Blancos are hopeful of sanctioning a sale in the summer itself. In failing to do so, they risk losing the central defender for free in 2022.

United have already agreed personal terms with Varane and a deal with Real Madrid only seems to be a matter of time, considering that all parties are on the same page. Carlo Ancelotti wants to try convincing the 28-year-old to stay put, but the club’s hierarchy feels that they have exhausted all possible resources and are now ready to sell the player.

Raphael Varane’s signing will cost Manchester United 50 million pounds, which is a fairly reasonable price for a player who has years of experience under his belt of playing at the highest level for club and country. He is also entering the prime years of his career and has another four or five years left in him, at the very least.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has required an experienced centre-back in recent months to pair with Harry Maguire, given that Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have several weaknesses amongst themselves. Maguire and Varane will prove to be an unassailable duo at the back, at least on paper and the latter’s signing is now looking imminent.

Kieran Trippier is in a similar situation as Varane. He wants to leave Atletico Madrid and secure a Premier League move as well. The former Tottenham Hotspur full-back played a vital role in the team’s run to the La Liga title last season but remains keen on returning to his home country despite receiving regular minutes at Atletico.

Trippier is likely to cost Manchester United around 20 million pounds and is widely seen as an upgrade from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The former Crystal Palace star is viewed as a very single-dimensional player by many who is only capable of succeeding in one-versus-one situations. As such, Wan-Bissaka has more weaknesses than strengths.

Solskjaer has used the 23-year-old on a consistent basis for two seasons now, but his flaws have been there to see in recent months. Wan-Bissaka struggles aerially and lacks the quality to take the ball forward. In modern football, it is important for a full-back to flourish offensively as well and that is a key attribute missing from the Englishman’s repertoire.

At this point in time, it is being reported that both defenders are in advanced negotiations to sign for Manchester United and that personal terms have not been seen as a hindrance. While Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are both keen on holding onto their respective players, their desires to leave could be decisive in influencing switches to England.