€4m Arsenal offer would land United & Madrid teen target - reports

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Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid are all tracking Raphael Varane, according to reports.

The Lens defender has been earning rave reviews in France after making his Ligue 1 debut back in November, and a host of clubs from Europe are thought to have taken instant notice of the player's ability.

With French U21 honours to his name already, the 17-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in French football and has even draw comparisons to Marcel Desailly in sections of the press.

A source told that both Arsenal and Manchester United have had the player scouted on a number of occasions, with Sir Alex Ferguson even linked with an approach back in January.

French publication L’Equipe have gone on to intimate that an offer in the region of €4 million would be accepted, although his recent rise to prominence could lead to an increased fee for the player.


Wenger is still thought to have connections in his homeland, and the Gunners have kept a continuous eye on the player's progression this season as they look to make a defender addition this summer.

Arsenal missed out on a centre back in January, despite Wenger confirming that the club were actively looking to sign a player either permanently or on loan.

Mamadou Sakho, Per Mertesacker and Gary Cahill are all names thought to be on a potential north London shortlist, and Arsenal appear set to make a move for at least one player in the position come the end of the season.

The Red Devils will undoubtedly provide the challenge for the signature from the Barclays Premier League, and competition will be fierce should Varane leave the Stade Félix Bollaert.

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