Date: 28th July 2021 at 5:32pm
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Manchester United furthered their case for being considered Premier League title contenders on Tuesday evening as they announced the signing of World Cup winning centre-back Raphael Varane. 

The Frenchman arrives in Manchester from Real Madrid for a fee of around £43 million, and is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second summer signing after England’s Jadon Sancho joined last week.

The partnership of Varane and Harry Maguire promises to gift United a defensive solidity that they lacked in parts last season.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, United’s closest rivals appear to be leaving it late to get their business done.

Chelsea, Liverpool and intercity rivals Man City have all been heavily linked with a number of names from Europe’s top table, but all three clubs are yet to make a marquee signing this summer.

That could, however, be about to change, as City are apparently ready to lunch a huge bid for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The 25-year-old shone for England at Euro 2020, and has since been heavily linked with a move to the Citizens.

Now, the Daily Mail is reporting that Pep Guardiola’s side will table a bid of £75 million plus add-ons for the Villa captain.

It also states that the bid is not expected to be accepted, with the playmaker’s current employers holding out for their £100 million valuation.

Grealish was one of England’s standout performers at Euro 2020.

Grealish was a boyhood Villa fan and has spent his entire senior career with the club, but the prospect of Champions League football with City could prove too tempting.

Villa will apparently offer Grealish a much improved contract, including around £150,000 per-week, in an effort to persuade the England star to stay put.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror is also suggesting that next week could prove to be pivotal in what is becoming a long-running saga.

According to the publication, the talisman will hold talks with the club next week to decide his future.

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