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‘I will sign him in January but…’ – Ten Hag “hopeful” sale of superstar can help fund stunning €60m January deal – report

Manchester United secured a 1-0 victory over Luton Town, showcasing resilience in their makeshift defense as they headed into the international break.

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Manager Erik ten Hag, grappling with injuries to Lisandro Martinez and Jonny Evans, chose Harry Maguire to partner with Victor Lindelof at the center of the defense,

while Raphael Varane found himself on the bench due to lingering injuries and recent performance concerns.

Amid reports hinting at potential tension between Varane and the manager, it becomes apparent that Ten Hag’s decision aligns with the World Cup winner’s injury struggles and recent form.

To address the defensive challenges arising from various injuries, recruiting a top-tier defender in January is imperative for United.

The anticipated arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe as a minority stakeholder is expected to usher in behind-the-scenes changes that could expedite transfer activities.

According to reports from Correio da Manha in Portugal, Goncalo Inacio is a prime target for INEOS chairman Ratcliffe as the inaugural signing of the new era.

United has devised a payment plan for the center-back, who boasts a €60 million release clause.

The reported €45 million upfront, along with €15 million in bonuses and add-ons, doesn’t intimidate the club, signaling a willingness to restructure their bid.

United is optimistic about swiftly concluding the deal, considering the amicable relationship between the two clubs as a crucial factor.

To facilitate a smoother transaction, Varane is expected to be offloaded, with several Saudi Arabian clubs expressing interest in the French international.

The funds generated from Varane’s sale are anticipated to contribute to United’s pursuit of the talented Portuguese defender, making for a strategic reshaping of the squad.

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