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Manchester United reach £73m agreement deal for Jadon Sancho, Varane next?

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Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle to sign England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £73 million (€85 million), according to Sky Sports.

Manchester United have agreed on a payment plan with Borussia Dortmund which will allow them to pay the £72.9m fee for winger Jadon Sancho over the next five seasons.

After spending over a year chasing the prospect, United finally managed to conjure up a deal Dortmund couldn’t refuse on Wednesday which will bring Sancho to Old Trafford on a five-year contract and will be finalised in the coming days.

There had been concerns that United’s expensive purchase of Sancho could limit their ability to bring in other targets this summer, but BBC’s Simon Stone notes that United have negotiated a payment plan which will see them hand Dortmund five equal instalments of around £14.6m every year until Sancho’s contract expires in 2026.

While it is obviously a large sum of money, United won’t have too many problems shelling out just under £15m every season, so they have managed to bring in Sancho without dealing too much of a blow to their transfer budget. They are also the richest club in the world at present. 

Sancho’s wages, which are rumoured to be anywhere between £250,000 and £350,000-per-week, will have some impact on the kind of business United can do over the next five years, but pale into insignificance compared to paying the entire fee upfront in one go.

It is understood the agreement between the clubs includes no add-ons for the 21-year-old attacker, currently on duty with England at Euro 2020, where he had his first start last night.

Sancho will officially join United after England’s participation in the Euros, subject to passing a medical. The winger has reportedly inked a deal with Red Devils until 2026. City are set to score roughly around £10 million off of the Sancho deal as well. With spare change left in the budget, United are now set to turn their attention to filling the remaining gaps in the squad.

Finding a centre-back to partner Harry Maguire is understood to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top priority, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane his choice. United are understood to be close to getting a deal done for around the £43m mark.

Varane has spent almost a decade at the Bernabeu and won a number of trophies at the club but is stalling over signing a new contract and reportedly wants to leave to take up a new challenge.

The 28-year-old is said to be open to joining Manchester United but may have his head turned by their domestic rivals Chelsea who have this week entered the race for his signature.

Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand doubts his former club or Chelsea will sign Varane this summer, however, and believes the Frenchman is simply trying to earn himself a better deal.

‘‘Varane is just doing things, massaging the papers, the media papers and the headlines to get a bigger deal at Real Madrid,’’ Ferdinand spoke of to his FIVE YouTube channel.

“If Varane doesn’t sign a new deal at Real Madrid, I’ll be surprised. Real Madrid are not letting Ramos and Varane go in the same window, 100 per cent. He’s not going anywhere, man’s gonna get a new deal.”

”It’s happened in the past, it’s not new, players like [Toni] Kroos and [Bastian] Schweinsteiger have done it. At Bayern as well, they’ve all done it.” 

Should a move for Varane fail to materialise, United are prepared to turn their attentions into Pau Torres of Villareal, but it is believed that Real are more keen on the latter and would prefer to sell Varane and profit off of him.

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