Manchester United are bracing themselves for a busy summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to assemble a squad to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.
The Norwegian manager wants to add at least one quality player to each department when the transfer window reopens for business.
It is now a near-certainty that Harry Maguire will have a new defensive partner next year despite Victor Lindelof’s recent upturn in form.
With Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane preparing for a fresh experience away from La Liga, the Red Devils are readying an offer to pair the Frenchman up with their captain.
Per various reports, negotiations between the defender’s representatives and the Premier League powerhouse are well underway.
Additionally, United reach out to Madrid with a formal proposition yesterday, kick-starting talks with a £43 million bid.
Florentino Perez has already conceded defeat in his attempts to tie the 27-year-old down to a new contract and is keen to cash in on his wantaway star in the summer.
There is a genuine feeling that Varane will complete a big-money move to Old Trafford in the upcoming transfer window.
Widely regarded as one of the best deep-lying playmakers in the Premier League, Declan Rice is one of United’s long-term targets.
A regular first-team member of West Ham United’s side since 2017, the 22-year-old continues to impress in the English top flight.
Despite a lack of end product in the front third, the England international’s endless work rate, great tactical awareness and impeccable passing make him a perfect modern-day midfielder.
Although the Hammers want to keep their standout performer, a player of Rice deserves to play Champions League football.
With United’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland seemingly taking a back seat, the Red Devils should have sufficient funds to meet West Ham’s £80m asking price.
Given his understanding of English football and tactical prowess, Rice would be a perfect long-term partner for Paul Pogba in Solskjaer’s double-pivot formation.
Solskjaer’s search for a prolific forward to shoulder the scoring burden could result in one of the most sensational pieces of business in modern Premier League history.
Instead of pursuing a move for in-demand Haaland, who would not only warrant a stratospheric price tag but staggering wages too, United may turn their attention towards Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Old Trafford hero is considering leaving Juventus following another underwhelming Champions League campaign accompanied by a disastrous domestic season.
Ronaldo’s team and individual accomplishments put him on a pedestal, with his unique personality and hunger for success making him the perfect fit for Solskjaer’s recruitment plans.
Well aware of his football legacy as he enters twilight years, the Portugal captain could have one last shot at European glory with his beloved Red Devils.
Here is how Manchester United’s starting XI may look with new additions.
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