Manchester United are closer to knowing the asking prices for summer targets Jadon Sancho, Kieran Trippier and Raphael Varane, as per the Athletic.
They report that an initial fee of £80 million could be enough to land Sancho on the back of a record-breaking season in the Bundesliga.
But the issue comes in terms of the £20 million add-ons Borussia Dortmund apparently want.
The report adds Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ‘deeply frustrated’ by the failure to land Sancho last summer and is hopeful this year will be different.
It adds United still want to conclude the deal before Euro 2020, but accept it is more complicated now with Sancho having joined up with the England squad.
There is also mixed news on the fees being demanded for Madrid-based defenders Trippier and Varane.
The report speculates that Trippier could be available for as little as £10 million this summer, although it is unclear what Atletico’s actual asking price will be.
He has just a year remaining on the three-year contract he signed when he joined Atletico in 2019.
And the Spanish champions’ financial situation means they could well be open to a sale.
Trippier was born in Bury and is apparently looking at houses in the Manchester area with a view to returning.
United may not be able to afford Varane and Sancho
A fee of £35 million for Varane, 28, had been mooted given he has just the one year on his Real Madrid contract.
But this latest report claims Los Blancos are now holding out for much more than that.
That means that United’s budget can’t stretch to the fees being demanded for both Sancho and Varane. Not without significant player sales.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres is a central defensive alternative, but the report also claims he would prefer to stay in Spain with Real or Barcelona, and the financial aspects would have to be taken into consideration there too.
The upshot is that the England internationals look like achievable targets, but a cut-price swoop for Varane doesn’t appear likely at this stage. If United are serious about Varane, he will cost upwards of £40 million.
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