Man Utd to announce Jadon Sancho signing ‘within days’ and hope Raphael Varane will follow

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Manchester United are ready to announce the signing of Jadon Sancho in the next few days, according to reports. Sancho’s arrival at Old Trafford has been a long time coming and it seems the saga is about to finally reach its conclusion, allowing United to turn their attention to securing Raphael Varane.

The 21-year-old has been a transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for over a year and came close to joining United last summer.

Borussia Dortmund held firm to their £108million valuation then but have agreed on a £73m transfer for Sancho this time around.

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United agreed a deal in principle for Sancho at the end of June, and after being forced to wait because of Euro 2020, are now close to making it official.

Sancho underwent his medical on Tuesday and has signed a five-year contract with the option of another year.

According to Sky Sports, his move to Old Trafford will be announced ‘within days’ before Sancho heads off on holiday to get some rest after involvement with England at Euro 2020.

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Sancho will become United’s fourth most expensive signing, after Paul Pogba, who cost £89m from Juventus in 2016, Harry Maguire, who was £80m from Leicester in 2019, and Romelu Lukaku, who they paid Everton £75m for in 2017.

Yet Sancho could still prove to be good value, costing £35m less than Dortmund wanted last summer and significantly less than the £85m they initially asked for this time around.

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One interesting detail yet to be ironed out is the shirt number Sancho will take upon his arrival.

The England winger wore No 7 for Dortmund, but that number is currently occupied by Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford.

But, having done the hard work, United won’t stress over such minor details, especially when they have other business to attend to.

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Varane has long been linked with a move to United – and like Sancho has been courted for some time.

The 28-year-old France international has come close to joining twice in the past and this summer could be a case of third time lucky.

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United are yet to submit an official bid to Real Madrid for Varane, but according to AS the defender is open to the idea of moving to the Premier League and has already begun looking at houses in Manchester.

Varane has entered the final 12 months of his contract with Real Madrid and the club are willing to sell, according to Mundo Deportivo, as long as their valuation of £42m to £51m (€50-€60m) is met.

United could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, but the French club are seen as outsiders for his signature at this stage.

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