After strengthening their attack by completing Jadon Sancho’s move, Manchester United bolstered their defence by agreeing a deal with Real Madrid for Raphaël Varane.

Multiple reports in England have suggested any further potential signings will depend on outgoings.

The Red Devils could look to bring in a new midfielder and the need to strengthen that position will increase if Paul Pogba leaves Old Trafford this summer. His contract expires in less than a year, and United risk losing the Frenchman as a free agent for the second time in 2022.

This has led to claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will look to cash in from the 28-year-old’s sale in the ongoing window.

Faced with the possibility of losing Pogba, United have reportedly looked at Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez, and another named added to that list is Nicolò Barella.

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That’s what Calciomercato are surprisingly reporting and they make these claims when discussing his contract situation.

His current deal with Inter Milan expires in 2024 and the negotiations for a renewal are in the ‘preliminary phase’.

It’s said there are ‘sirens in the background’ from United and Liverpool and they are joined by Atlético and Bayern Munich, which sounds hugely fortunate for the player… perhaps too good to be true.

As per the report, Solskjaer’s side could pursue the Euro 2020 winner ‘in the event of Pogba’s sale’ to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Premier League side are named as one of the ‘suitors’ for Barella, but it feels like the player’s camp/representatives are dragging United and other big clubs into the mix to possibly speed up renewal negotiations with the Serie A winners.