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Manchester United 'to go all out to sign Raphael Varane'

Man United 'to go all out for Raphael Varane'
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Real Madrid's Raphael Varane is reportedly a January target for Manchester United, who are willing to make the Frenchman the most expensive defender in the world.

Manchester United are reportedly willing to make Raphael Varane the most expensive defender in the world as they go all out to sign the Real Madrid centre-back.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho was left frustrated by chief executive Ed Woodward's failure to strengthen in that position during the summer transfer window.

Jerome Boateng, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Toby Alderweireld were all rumoured to be on United's radar, but they were unable to get a deal over the line for any of their targets.

According to the London Evening Standard, however, Woodward will give Mourinho the financial backing he is after next year by doubling up on his efforts to bring in Varane, who has worked with the Portuguese in the past.

The France international will likely cost more than £75m - the sum Liverpool paid Southampton to sign Virgil van Dijk earlier this year - and even then Madrid are reluctant to sell.

Alderweireld and AC Milan's Milan Skriniar are said to remain back-up options for United.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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