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United’s pursuit of Varane could be harmed by Sancho buy

Manchester United look set to follow their signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund with another dip into the summer window for a new centre-half.

The man identified as the Red Devils’ key target in that department, according to numerous reports, is Raphael Varane.

According to Sport (via Sport Witness), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s £73m move for the aforementioned Bundesliga star has left them with a limited remaining budget to play with, which could prevent a move being agreed for the Real Madrid star.

The publication claim that United won’t be able to spend more than €45m on the Frenchman, though that a deal closer to €50m could be reached between them and the La Liga outfit given that the defender’s contract is set to expire next summer.

Unless Carlo Ancelotti’s men are prepared to take a considerable loss next year and allow the 28-year-old to depart on a free, one might reasonably expect that the Manchester-based club will be in the driving seat when it comes to setting a price for the centre-half’s services.

Lacking a strong core defensive partnership, the addition of Varane to the side’s starting lineup would be a huge boost ahead of Solskjaer’s potentially most important campaign yet, as United look to close the gap to their city rivals in the Premier League.

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