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Man Utd select a commanding center-half as Varane gets closer to the unexpected January swap.

Manchester United is reportedly looking for a German center-half to maybe replace Raphael Varane in January, but West Ham or Newcastle want to sabotage their plans.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has demanded that Manchester United “reset” its roster as he takes complete command of sporting affairs at Old Trafford. There are plans for the British millionaire to buy a 25 percent stake in the team, and significant changes are happening behind the scenes.

The first victim of the new government is CEO Richard Arnold, and John Murtough, the director of football, might be next.

Ratcliffe is calling for a significant revision of the team’s hiring practices, and the club’s January transfer window is expected to be quite busy.

Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho are anticipated to be fired. Fabrizio Romano previously stated that the club is targeting a world-class center-half for 2024 when it comes to arrivals.

But in six weeks, if out-of-favour Raphael Varane is enticed to Saudi Arabia, a new center-half will be needed, and he won’t have to wait until the summer.

The Saudi Pro League has Varane as a top target for the winter transfer window.

Varane’s representatives have already started investigating, and the fact that he has fallen in the hierarchy may give him the confidence to quit.

After first saying he had heard nothing about Varane moving to Saudi Arabia, Fabrizio Romano then altered his mind and said the potential move was a “open situation.”

Jean-Clair Todibo of Nice is one center-half that Man Utd has been strongly linked to signing in 2024. Ratcliffe’s INEOS firm owns Nice, which would facilitate the transfer procedure.

However, according to a recent report from The Sun, Man Utd have Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah in their sights.

United, Newcastle, and West Ham all vying for Tah.

The 27-year-old is playing at Leverkusen, who are presently leading the Bundesliga.

This season, Xabi Alonso’s team has an impressive record of 16 wins, 1 tie, and 0 losses from their 17 games in all competitions.

Tah has been a key player in their amazing season debut, supplying four goals from the center of defense.

The 6-foot-5-inch defender is once again starting games for Germany’s national team, and The Sun reports that England is becoming more interested in a deal.

Newcastle, West Ham, and Manchester United have all noticed. The research states that a relocation in January is feasible.

The Sun mention a £20 million estimate, but Goal believes Leverkusen may fetch much more given Tah’s recent stellar play.

It makes sense that Leverkusen would be hesitant to sell in the midst of a winning Bundesliga season. But by January, Tah will only have 18 months left on his contract, and The Sun reports that sizable offers might be accepted.

Given that Newcastle’s center-back needs are perhaps even bigger than Man United’s, they seem to pose the largest threat.

Sven Botman, who has been sidelined since September due to a knee ailment, is still considering surgery. Due to a back ailment, Dan Burn has been sidelined for two months.

With that, Eddie Howe’s core defense is now limited to Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles.

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