Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could attempt to bring Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.
Varane, who is just 21-years-old, has endured a frustrating time at the Bernabeu of late, with the likes of Pepe and Sergio Ramos currently ahead of him in the pecking order in Madrid.
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It appears, then, that Manchester United could look to bring him to England's elite division, as Louis van Gaal looks to improve his defensive options at the club. The Red Devils have struggled at the back since the start of the Dutch regime, with a number of players having failed to maintain their fitness.
The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Jonny Evans have all spent time out on the sidelines, whilst wing-backs Luke Shaw and Rafael da Silva are currently out of action.
In fact, against rivals Arsenal this past weekend, Van Gaal handed starts to youngsters Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair, whilst wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia featured in the wing-back roles.
It's no surprise, then, that Manchester United are looking to make a move for Varane. Despite only being 21-years-old, he's already enjoyed great success in the game and looks set to become one of the leading centre-backs in world football over the coming years.
In fact, the same report from the Star has revealed that United boss Louis van Gaal would be willing to assure him of first-team football at the Theatre of Dreams if he completed a move in the new year.
It's also been suggested, though, that Manchester United have to meet Real Madrid's £30 million valuation in order to land the Frenchman, but it remains to be seen as to whether the club would be willing to splash the cash once again in the next transfer window.
The Red Devils may have to move quickly in their pursuit of the youngster, with rivals Chelsea also seemingly interested in the player's signature.
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