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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
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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