Manchester United showed a prudent show of strength in a pre-season friendly match on Sunday as they beat Derby County without breaking a sweat. The Red Devils missed most of their first-team stars when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a young side, but they scored a comfortable 2-1 win. However, the Norwegian is aware that his starting XI needs to be improved and plans to strengthen his team for the summer.
Manchester United are aiming for a center-back to fill the gaps in their backs. The Red Devils may also have to decide the future of some of their current stars that are attracting the attention of potential applicants.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at Manchester United’s top July 19, 2021 transfer stories.
Manchester United prepares first bid of 39 million
Manchester United are preparing an initial offer of £ 39m for Raphael Varane, according to information The express via AS. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the French his primary defensive target this summer and is eager to get him out of Real Madrid. The Red Devils have apparently agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old and are in negotiations with Los Blancos over a deal. The Premier League giants are now ready to make their first offer to the La Liga giants.
The report says Manchester United is offering £ 35m upfront for Varane and is ready to include add-ons in the form of £ 4m worth of bonuses. Real Madrid may not like that as Los Blancos hope to make around £ 60m from the Frenchman’s departure. However, the fact that Varane is in the final year of his contract and unwilling to sign a new deal could force the hands of the La Liga giants.
Barcelona are working on swap deal for midfield maestro
According to Barcelona, Barcelona are working on a swap deal for Paul Pogba The express via Mundo Deportivo. The Frenchman’s current contract with Manchester United expires next summer and despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desire to build a team around Pogba, the player could leave this summer. The Catalans want to sign a blockbuster in this window and have chosen the French as the ideal candidate.
However, Barcelona do not have the funds to pay for the move and will offer Manchester United a player instead. It is unclear which of their current stars the Catalans want to let go and whether the Red Devils are ready to accept such an offer.
Manchester United reject loan offer for Dean Henderson
Manchester United have turned down a loan offer for Dean Henderson, according to Wolverhampton Wanderers Caught sidelined via The Athletic. Wolves have been looking for a goalkeeper since Rui Patricio left AS Roma and are interested in the Englishman. However, the Red Devils have turned down the proposal, telling Henderson that he is wanted at Old Trafford.
There has been an intense battle for Manchester United’s No. 1 spot between the Englishman and David De Gea over the past few months and this could last well into the new season.