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Raphael Varane is Manchester United’s dream signing

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Manchester United bigwigs are reportedly ready to break the world’s record fee to bolster the defensive department in the upcoming transfer session

The Red Devils’ defensive frailties have seen them concede 21 goals in their opening 13 Premier League encounters. Moreover, Chris Smalling and his fellow backline colleagues have failed to keep a clean sheet 11 times so far, which is the third-worst defensive record in the English top tier.

Jose Mourinho’s efforts to hire a top-quality centre-back in the summer have come a cropper, as both Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire eventually stayed at their respective teams.

Since the start of the season, the 3-time Champions League winners have been trying to find a decent solution for their problems. Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen and Inter’s Milan Skriniar have emerged as potential candidates to replace the out-of-form Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

However, according to the Evening Standard, Ed Woodward is ready to splash out a stratospheric figure to land Real Madrid hotshot Raphael Varane.

Already established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in Europe, the 25-year-old Frenchman has won three Champions League titles with La Liga giants and the World Cup trophy with France.

There’s no doubt Los Blancos won’t let their indispensable first-team member leave the club in January. Even if they do, the Red Devils would probably have to exceed Liverpool’s £75 million investment in Virgil van Dijk.