Manchester United has been linked with defenders on a consistent basis anyway, but the shambolic performance vs Liverpool has put that into overdrive this week as it’s obvious that a new signing is needed.
That performance came without Harry Maguire so it’s only helped solidify his status as undroppable going forward, and any new center-back would be brought in as a partner for him.
Ideally, they’ll have a bit of pace to cover for Maguire’s weaknesses, and Raphael Varane is the complete defender who’s playing at the highest level so he would surely improve that unit if he arrives.
A report from the Express has indicated that Real Madrid is willing to let him go, but they’ve told United that they want £60m to let it happen.
That does sound like a reasonable fee in normal times but it’s not clear how badly their finances have been hit by Covid, and it’s suggested that they were hoping to spend around £40m on a new defender so that creates an obvious problem.
It really depends on who their alternative options are but if it’s the choice between signing a ready-made star-like Varane or a project-type signing, then it’s definitely worth shelling out the extra £20m.
You can legitimately argue that they could’ve won the Premier League if the defense wasn’t gifting goals away in most of their games, so they need to take decisive action to change that.