Man Utd: Jadon Sancho in profile
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Manchester United may have found the perfect defensive partner for Harry Maguire in Raphael Varane. However, passing up the opportunity to land Jules Kounde or Pau Torres could well come back to bite them.
United are understood to be on the brink of agreeing a deal with Real Madrid to sign France centre-back Varane.
And the four-time Champions League winner will bring a quality to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence that it has been lacking since the days of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, besides Maguire on his better days.
Varane has been there and done it, played with the best players in the world, even lifted the World Cup in 2018 to add to his various Champions League winners medals.
However, at 28 years of age and what looks to be around a £50million price tag, are there better options out there for the Red Devils?
United have also been linked with La Liga duo Jules Kounde and Pau Torres, who have been two of the best young defenders in the Spanish league in recent years.
Kounde’s performances for Sevilla earned him a place in France’s squad for Euro 2020 and a top four finish in La Liga.
The 22-year-old will cost a little more than Varane at just upwards of £60m, according to AS.
But with six years on Varane, room still to grow and the ability to fill in at right-back where the United need cover, Kounde could well represent a better outlay.
Meanwhile, there was plenty of clamour around Villarreal’s Torres before United’s Europa League final defeat on penalties.
Torres was one of the standout performers, and has been a regular starter for Spain in their journey to the semi-finals at Euro 2020.
The 24-year-old looks incredibly composed on the ball, but while his defending has looked a little shaky at times, playing alongside Maguire every week would surely give him plenty of extra confidence.
Of course, United have already all but made their first signing of the summer after confirming they had reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Jadon Sancho.
But Maguire played down the excitement just yet, revealing that he doesn’t think the deal is officially done yet.
“Jadon is a top player, exceptional talent, a young lad with a lot of experience,” Maguire said at an England press conference ahead of their semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.
“His numbers speak for themselves, what he has done over in Germany. He is a great player. I don’t think it is a done deal yet.
“We can’t confirm he is a Manchester United player, I know it is close but he is still a Dortmund player as it stands.
“Of course, it is exciting times ahead and hopefully we will get it across the line.”
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