Starlet duo fall within Ferguson's £60m budget

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Manchester United have handed Sir Alex Ferguson a £60 million budget for the summer, and Ferguson is planning on using a portion of the money to to lock down youngsters Phil Jones and Raphael Varane, according to the Daily Mirror.

Ferguson is targeting a goalkeeper and midfielder over the summer period, but the Manchester United manager also reportedly wants to lower the average age of the squad so he can continue the rebuilding process.

Phil Jones has performed well for Blackburn this season, and the 19-year-old has shown much promise to be the next English international star.


Blackburn are currently in danger of being relegated from the Barclays Premier League, and while they are currently in 15th place, they are only one point clear of 18th and 19th places with one game to play.

Jones’ fee will be large though, with Steve Kean recently telling reporters that he would charge top dollar for his young stars.

“We want to sit down with all the younger ones and explain what we want to do as a club over the next two, three or four years," Kean said.

“If they decide they want to move on then the clubs concerned will have to pay top dollar because they are under very, very long contracts and the fees we would be demanding would be massive.”

With Manchester United able to offer Champions League football and a the ability to win trophies, Jones will be hard pressed to say no if Ferguson makes an offer.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Varane has been connected to Manchester United on numerous occasions, with the Lens starlet impressing in his debut season. With the French side set to be relegated from Ligue 1 at the end of the season, Varane, valued by L’Sport at £9 million, would be open to a move to England if it means he can play top tier football once more.

"I hope a meeting with the club will happen next week and we can discuss the situation," the Manchester United target said of contract discussions with his club.

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