Manchester United have pinpointed Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane as their top two transfer targets ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Sancho has erupted onto the world stage this season, scoring eight goals and claiming 12 assists, but Man United’s interest in the 19-year-old dates back to when he was at Manchester City.
Interest in Varane, a World Cup winner, goes back even further, with both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho making unsuccessful approaches to prize him away from the Bernabeu.
And according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, although both players are valued at over £100m, United are confident they can pull the deals off as neither Real nor Dortmund have flatly rejected their approaches as of yet.
French media outlet L’Equipe reported earlier this month that Varane was seriously considering leaving the Bernabeu. The defender, the report stated, felt as if an end of an era was happening at Real, but that notion may no longer apply following the re-installment of Zinedine Zidane, under whose leadership the club won three Champions League titles in a row between 2016 and 2018.
Prizing Sancho away from Dortmund will be even harder, with sporting director Michael Zorc stressing this week that the Englishman would be staying put until at least the end of next season. A hefty bid from United, however, may well be enough to change Dortmund’s stance.