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Five players who should follow Raphael Varane to Man United

Manchester United have been part of some of the most protracted transfer sagas this Summer.

We had to wait for them to confirm the inevitable that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be their new striker for this season whilst the Paul Pogba deal seemed to be heading in all manner of different directions until they announced the French star had completed his return to the club from Juventus.

Surely then, there cannot be any more to come in this window? Well don’t hold your breath.

Despite Raphael Varane saying he is staying put at Real Madrid for now you never can rule out a massive bid on behalf of the Red Devils after this window. Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the young centre-half and if there’s any team that might fancy their chances of turning the deal on it’s head, it’s United.

Varane might not even be the only one, there’s plenty of other’s being linked, and here are FIVE of them…

Jose Fonte

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Jose Mourinho has clearly identified that United’s defence still needs some work before the end of the window.

The Old Trafford boss is a big advocate for building from the back and after signing Eric Bailly, it looks as though Jose Fonte is also on his wishlist.

Fonte has been consistent in the Premier League for some time and also helped he national team win EURO 2016 meaning he’d be a good asset.

Fabinho

Fabinho (Monaco)

As well as at centre-half United could do with a right-back to shore up their defence. Currently Antonio Valencia is their first choice and despite his reasonable enough performances, Mourinho wants specialist players for each position – this is where Fabinho from Monaco comes in.

Reece Oxford

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According to the Daily Mail the young West Ham midfielder is eager to try and sign a new contract with the club.

It’s also believed though that should any talks hit a potential snag Mourinho and United are ready and waiting to snap the England U19 international up.

It might be a slow burner this one but the Old Trafford club have already shown this Summer they’ll wait for their targets.

James Rodriguez

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This one just seems to refuse to go away even when it appears a move isn’t immediately obvious.

The Colombian star has been linked with United once again this Summer and if any move did somehow come off two things would be certain.

Number one it would take another huge bid that the Red Devils are capable of and number two it would give the club no excuses if they didn’t win the league handsomely.

Gabriel Barbosa

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The latest player to come from the South American country with huge things expected of him given he is both named as ‘Gabigol’ and ‘The New Neymar’ – no pressure then.

He’s scored goals for fun in the Brazilian Serie A and could forge an exciting double act with Marcus Rashford for the forseeable future.

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