Man Utd 'will need to pay £51 million' to sign potential Raphael Varane replacement

Manchester United have been quoted a price for a potential centre-back target this winter.

Manchester United are scouring the market for a potential new centre-back this transfer window as Raphael Varane's contract runs out at the end of the season, and doubts continue to hang over the future of Harry Maguire.

Erik ten Hag has been carrying a lot of pressure on his shoulders this season as the Red Devils have just one win in their last five Premier League appearances. They saw out the year with a disappointing loss to Nottingham Forest, who are currently just five points above the relegation zone.

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United have been looking to add to their ranks this month to give them a boost in the second half of the season. A number of names have been floating about in the lead up to January and now business can finally commence.

A new report has dropped regarding United's interest in 20-year-old Giorgio Scalvini from Atalanta, a defender who has attracted interest from the Reds after the club scouts they sent out to monitor him returned rave reviews.

According to SportItalia, the Italian outfit have 'no intention' of letting Scalvini leave this month but if an offer deemed 'crazy' enough arrives at their door, they may be forced to change their minds. The figure in question is quoted to be 'at least' €60 million (£52m), especially from a Premier League outfit.

Juventus and AC Milan have also been linked to Scalvini but are unlikely to pay such an amount for one player.

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Scalvini has established himself as a key player for Atalanta and his current contract is not due to expire until 2028. The 20-year-old is a central defender by trade but has also slotted into the defensive midfield role when called upon. His versatility and confidence at such a young age would certainly make for a great signing, especially with so much time ahead of him. What it boils down to though is whether United can find the funds to meet the Italians' asking price.

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