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Manchester United: How Red Devils could line up next season with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Roma’s Kostas Manolas

Manchester United will be hoping this summer transfer window is more successful than last year.

Former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho failed to bring in a much-needed centre-back and spent £50million on Fred, who has failed to make an impact at Old Trafford.

Kostas Manolas and Douglas Costa could be Manchester United team-mates next season

Diogo Dalot was signed for £19million from Porto and the youngster is making good progress under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United have conceded 40 league goals this season, the most of any top six club, meaning defenders will be high on their wish list.

So, who could be a United player at the start of next season?

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

The Frenchman has been a long-term target for United and is believed to be considering his Real Madrid future. The defender is a serial winner and has lifted a World Cup, two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.

Similarly to Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, Varane’s leadership and dominance at the back could transform United into Premier League title challengers next season.

Raphael Varane’s Real Madrid future is uncertain

Kostas Manolas (Roma)

United could be tempted into triggering the Greek defender’s release clause of just £30.8million. Manolas and Varane could form a solid partnership to lead United on all fronts next term.

The 27-year-old has vast Champions League experience with Roma, and scored a late goal to knock Barcelona out of last season’s competition.

Manolas has started 21 of Roma’s 28 Serie A games to help the club climb to fifth in the table.

Kostas Manolas is in demand with his cheap buyout clause

Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)

Milenkovic’s versatility to play as a centre-half and right-back will appeal to United with long-serving captain Antonio Valencia set to leave at the end of the campaign. Ashley Young has been the club’s first-choice right-back with Dalot also filling in at times.

While Dalot has potential to become a solid full-back, Milenkovic could be a ready-made replacement for Valencia.

The 21-year-old has won ten caps for Serbia, including three at the 2018 World Cup, and made 40 Serie A appearances since his Fiorentina debut in 2017.

Nikola Milenkovic could fill the void left by Antonio Valencia

Douglas Costa (Juventus)

Jesse Lingard is the club’s only natural right winger and Solskjaer is likely to add in this area position in the summer. Like Varane, Costa has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a number of years.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin has severely restricted Costa’s playing time this season. He has started just seven Serie A games, scoring one goal in all competitions.

Juventus are reportedly interested in signing United flop Alexis Sanchez, who would have to take a pay cut on his £500,000-a-week wages – and that could open the door for Costa to join the Red Devils.

Douglas Costa has struggled for form this season

Here is how Manchester United could line up next season

Is this how Manchester United could look next season?


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