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Raphael Varane – Manchester United’s dream signing

The leading bookmakers in Europe rushed out to slash their odds-on Manchester United winning the 2021/22 English Premier League trophy. That change of heart was prompted by the big-money arrival of Frenchman Raphael Varane.

The Real Madrid defender is reported to have cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in excess of £34m. Still, it will be seen as money well spent by everyone connected to the club if it helps United overthrow current champions and bitter rivals Man City next spring.

The Premier League outright isn’t the only market to be impacted by the arrival of another priority signing at Old Trafford. The trading team at Betonline expect a successful campaign and offer interesting odds on Man Utd to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

England’s most successful club

Winning the Premier League for the first time since 2013 is the manager’s priority this season as the club aims to tighten their grip over the English football record books and win title number 21. If they were to see off the likes of Man City and Liverpool in the months ahead, they would move two titles clear of nearest rivals Liverpool who are England’s second most successful team on 19 honours.

The signing of Varane will improve their chances of doing just that, and it’s an area of the field Ole has been eager to improve. Last season’s Premier League table showed United improved to second place, finishing a dozen points behind Pep Guardiola’s champions. That was despite a slow start to the previous campaign. Fans will hope to see their heroes hit the ground running this time and get off to a solid start in August.

A closer look at the final league standings from 2020/21 showed United conceded 44 goals which was 12 more than Man City. The number allowed by the Man Utd defence was more goals than any other in the top-four. They also conceded only two goals fewer than Brighton, who finished down in 16th, two places above the relegation zone. Varane looks the perfect fit to help plug the holes in that defence.

Despite being just 28 years old, the player possesses a wealth of talent playing at the game’s top level. He finished his career at Blancos with 360 appearances and is a World Cup winner with France. He has a wealth of experience in the Champions League for Madrid, and that will help put his new manager’s mind at ease ahead of this season’s competition.

On departing his current employers, Real Madrid thanked the player for what they called exemplary professionalism and wished him well in the next stage of his career.

Still plenty of value around for backers

Bookies may have cut their odds on Man Utd this season following the arrival of Varane, but there’s still plenty of value to be had for those backing last season’s runners up. The current list has Man City as favourites, and their recent form makes that difficult to argue against. If the club are able to capture their summer signing priority Harry Kane from Tottenham, those odds will tighten further still.

Bettors looking to oppose the Cityzens with Man Utd will find their pick placed fourth in the outright betting list. Behind Man City, traders have Liverpool as the main challengers ahead of last season’s Champions League winners Chelsea in third. Next is Man Utd, and that will catch the eye of the value hunters out there.

After finishing second in the table in spring then improving their pool in the summer transfer window, it would be a shock to see United slip two places in the standings this term. Yes, big seasons are expected from Liverpool and Chelsea, but football fans can’t fail to notice the progress made by United over the last two seasons. They haven’t been perfect under Ole, and it remains a work in progress, but the team are heading in the right direction as the manager’s investment in youth and the long-term plan seems to be about to pay off.

Bettors looking to Europe will be delighted to find Man Utd sixth in the Champions League betting. Man City also dominates that list ahead of Bayern Munich and PSG.

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