Manchester United are continuing to work on reinforcing their squad after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attended their latest recruitment meeting last week.
The United technical chief scout Mick Court drafted up a shortlist of targets in January and the director of football negotiations Matt Judge has held dialogue with various players’ representatives in recent months.
United are interested in Raphael Varane, Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho, while Solskjaer refused to rule out a move for a striker amid Harry Kane’s desire to leave Tottenham.
Real Madrid are prepared to sell Varane, 28, to United in order to obtain a fee rather than losing the Frenchman on a free next summer. Dortmund have slashed their asking price for Sancho, 21, from £108m last year to around £80million but Rice, 22, would be pricier as he has three years left on his West Ham contract and is also admired by Chelsea and Manchester City.
Any discussions with Sancho’s representatives were on hold until the Bundesliga season ended and the winger is now with the England squad in Middlesbrough, preparing for their European Championship warm-up friendlies with Austria and Romania. Sancho’s Dortmund contract runs until 2023.
We are here now, we need to do better, we need to work better, work harder, cleverer. But, as I said, two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.
“Because I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”
City, Liverpool and Chelsea – the other top four finishers in the league – are all managed by Champions League-winning coaches.