Man Utd change priority for transfer window despite finding solution last year

Manchester United are reported to be once targeting a centre-back, despite only signing Raphael Varane to resolve their defensive issues last summer.

Since his £36million arrival from Real Madrid, Varane has missed 15 matches through injury or illness, while United have conceded a whopping 48 league goals. So another addition at the back is on the agenda for the transfer window, according to the Manchester Evening News.

They report United chiefs have held talks with Antonio Rudiger's representatives, with his Chelsea contract expiring come the end of the season. However, they're not holding out hope of the Germany international joining them.

Rudiger wants to be playing Champions League football next season wherever he ends up, and that's not guaranteed at Old Trafford with United currently three points off the top four in sixth.

No other targets are mentioned as United seek someone to partner Varane, who should remain first choice when fit under Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman, who is expected to take the reins from Ralf Rangnick, would more than likely drop Harry Maguire for the new signing.

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The Red Devils captain has been backed by Rangnick this season but his position in the side is looking increasingly in doubt. Ten Hag will also have Victor Lindelof at his disposal in the position next season.

It's anticipated that fellow centre-backs Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will be off, with both being given the green light to seek moves away. The only other option in the squad is Axel Tuanzebe, currently on loan at Napoli.

Previous reports from earlier in the season have linked United with Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo, while Villarreal's Pau Torres was considered as an alternative to Varane last summer.

United are set for a major rebuild upon Ten Hag's arrival. It's noted in the MEN report that a midfielder is also a priority, with Paul Pogba headed for the exit door as things stand. They also want at least one forward.

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