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Manchester United Set To Break The Bank To Land Real Madrid Sensation

The player has been an integral part of Real Madrid's success
The player has been an integral part of Real Madrid's success

Manchester United will resume their frenzied hunt for a blockbuster defensive signing when the transfer window flings open in a month’s time.

Man Utd have been linked with just about every high-profile centre-back in the game today - Diego Godin, Toby Alderweireld, and Milan Skriniar to name a few - but now the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly set to do everything within his power to secure the signing of Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

The Evening Standard reports that Woodward is determined to make up for a lacklustre summer window by breaking the bank to land Varane, a rumoured contender for the 2018 Ballon d'Or, as United bid to shore up a wobbly defence that has leaked in an alarming 21 Premier League goals this season - four more goals than struggling Crystal Palace.

It would take a monumental bid in order to persuade Real Madrid to part with a prized player that has lifted four Champions League trophies in the last five years. Since switching Lens for Los Blancos in 2011 the Frenchman has also won a couple of La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey, two Supercopa de Espana, and a handful of other honours.

The 25-year-old, who won the World Cup in the summer, is reaching the peak years of his career and would be a dream addition at Old Trafford. He previously played under Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu, but if the two are to be reunited Woodward needs to splash out a world record fee for a defender - Virgil Van Dijk holds the record, £75million.

United head into Saturday’s clash away to the struggling Saints looking to end a run of two league games without a win. Three points on the south coast would see Mourinho’s men leapfrog Everton in 6th, for 24 hours at least.

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