Arsenal face City fight for £25m Real Madrid star

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Arsenal could face considerable competition in the race to sign Raphael Varane, with reports suggesting that Manchester City are targeting a January switch for the Real Madrid starlet.

According to The Metro, the Citizens are eyeing a potential back-up for Vincent Kompany, with the Belgian captain having missed a large proportion of the 2013/14 season through injury.

The same publication suggests that Manchester City and Chilean boss Manuel Pellegrini have identified Frenchman Varane as a perfect solution and believe they may be able to convince the La Liga giants to part company with the player for a fee of around £25 million.

Such news may come as a real concern to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, with reports earlier this week suggesting that the Gunners were keen to sign the defender when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.

20-year-old Varane is widely considered to be one of world football's most promising talents and has already made a considerable impression at club level at the Santiago Bernabeu and also at international level with his native France.

Manchester City's needs for a new defender are perfectly clear with the pairing of Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis hardly proving impressive in the absence of the influential Kompany.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have an established centre-back pairing in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny  but little by way of reserve with Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna both being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

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