£100m Varane hands Man United transfer boost, Solskjaer given green light to sign £55 million defender, and Target says goodbye ahead of possible United move

Varane addresses rumours, Man United given all clear to sign Pau Torres, United get green light to sign Boateng in Manchester United roundup…

Raphael Varane is ready to delay any decision on his future at Real Madrid until after this summer’s European Championship, amid speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be handed a massive transfer budget in the summer to add a world class defender and striker to the attack, and the United have been linked with a move for Varane.

Varane has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with reports that Real Madrid are willing to cash in to help raise some funds to nail down their top transfer targets

Quizzed on the speculation he is generating after linking up with the France squad for Euro 2020 duty, Varane told reporters: “This is not the time to talk about my future, I am focused on the selection, on this Euro, it is normal and logical to ask the question and for my part it is normal and logical to focus on the upcoming deadlines.

“We are all human beings. We can think about it. As for my personal case, I am focused on the objectives that we have in the France team, it is not a subject that I will discuss every day in my room at Clairefontaine.

“I am focused on my goal, and now is not the time to discuss it. If I have to talk about it, it will be directly with the people concerned.”

Former Madrid star Steve McManaman believes Manchester United target Raphael Varane is “at the right age to come into the Premier League”:

“I think Rafa’s at the right age to come into the Premier League.

“He’s got a year left of his contract in Madrid, with Real said to want between €40m and €60m to let him go.

“If Real Madrid want to sell, there’s probably a deal to be done but he’s at a decent enough age [28 years old] and can still play for a long time.

“I know he hasn’t played recently and he’s had a few injuries this year, but his form’s been relatively good.

“And he’s won everything: the World Cup, numerous Champions Leagues.

“Virgil van Dijk was a lot of money. Harry Maguire, who’s done really well for Man Utd, was a lot of money.

“I don’t know what kind of money you would ask for Raphaël Varane, but because he’s got a year left on his current contract, if you could get him for €40m or €50m in the current market, when you see similar players’ value, his record the way he plays, the teams he’s played for, you’d think he’d be the type of player people would look at.”

Villarreal president Fernando Roig will not stand in Pau Torres’ way if enticing offers are tabled this summer, alerting the likes of Manchester United.

Under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have become one of the most defensively sound clubs in the Premier League and one side that will challenge for that Premier League title next season.

Torres has become one of the most sought after young defenders in world football after helping Villareal win that Europa League against Manchester United, and many clubs are reportedly ready to meet his asking price of £55 million.

Now, amid the speculation, Roig has said, he will not stand in Pau Torres’ way if enticing offers are tabled this summer, Roig told El Transistor on the speculation that Torres is generating and the chances of him moving on: “If they arrive with the money and the player wants to move, but there must be an agreement between all three parties.”

The 24-year-old product of Villarreal’s academy system admits that a transfer will form part of his future.

He has told Sport: “Players who have gone through important clubs, when they talk about an experience they have had, I like to listen to them, both Paco Alcacer and Raul Albiol or Alberto Moreno.They tell you things that you have not yet experienced and that you think you would like to experience.”


There is no doubt that Torres is a quality defender that would be a very good addition to the Premier League. So United would be very lucky to get a deal done

Long-Term Manchester United target Jerome Boateng has said his goodbyes to Bayern Munich after leaving the club.

Boateng has been regarded as one of the best centre-backs in world football ever since he made that move to Bayern Munich has won countless trophies at the club over the past ten years.

But with Bayern looking to the future, there was not need for him to stay any longer and that has led to reports that United, who will be looking to add another centre-back to the squad in the transfer window, have been linked with a shock move,

Now, amid all the speculation, Boateng has said his goodbyes to Bayern after officially leaving the club, meaning that the likes of United will be free to make a move to try and get some sort of deal done.

“When i arrived here it was my goal to compete against the worlds best, to play in the Champions League and to be a starter when i got at the club. But Honestly, i Could never have dreamed what we achieved in the ten years that went past.

‘Looking back in the time now still feels somehow unreal, I have had the chance to work with so many talent, so many great characters, on and off the Pitch. I am more than grateful to have had the chance to do so and to win it all.

‘Thanks to everyone that supported my through all these years, through the ups and downs, through times with injuries. Thanks so much to every single one of you. Ill be forever grateful for the love and support you gave me.

‘Munich became my second home and it will remain forever in my heart.

‘I am excited for my next chapter.

‘Yours: Jerome Boateng’


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