Man Utd identify Kounde as an alternative plus updates on Tuanzebe and Lingard

Manchester United’s summer will be significant, as they prepare to improve their squad and close the gap between themselves and league winners Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struck a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho, but are also looking to bolster other positions such as central midfield, centre-half and right-back.

Having comfortably secured Champions League qualification, finishing above the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, United are now plotting a title charge.

Other than Sancho, they have been linked with players like Raphael Varane as they look to bolster several positions.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at Manchester United’s latest transfer news below.

Kounde seen as alternative

According to Spanish outlet AS, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sevilla’s French defender Jules Kounde should a move for Raphael Varane fail to materialise.

United are making progress in the deal for Varane but are still some way short of matching Real Madrid’s asking price for the defender.

As a result, several defenders including Pau Torres are lined up as alternatives, and the 22-year-old Kounde is one of them.

Tuanzebe close to Villa

Manchester United and Aston Villa are close to coming to an agreement for the loan move of defender Axel Tuanzebe, according to Football Insider.

Tuanzebe has seen limited game time over the last two seasons having been a part of the first-team set-up, despite earning praise when he has played.

He previously spent time on loan at Villa Park between 2018 and 2019 in the Championship and earned became a favourite amongst the fans.

Do you think Jules Kounde would be a good alternative for Raphael Varane? Let us know in the comments below.

Lingard unwilling about swap deal

According to ESPN, Jesse Lingard has no intention of being used in a swap deal if Manchester United hope to get West Ham’s Declan Rice.

The Old Trafford side have been looking to add a defensive midfielder and Rice has been a target, with United reportedly believing they could use Lingard in a deal.

Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan there where he enjoyed a successful spell.

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