Manchester United and Chelsea in transfer battle for Raphael Varane

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Manchester United and Chelsea are set to battle it out in a race to try and sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to the Daily Star.

The duo, who are both currently fighting it out for the Premier League title right now, are also set for a showdown off the pitch to see which side can land the extremely talented centre back in the summer.

Mourinho Connection

Varane burst onto the football scene in 2011 after a string of fine performances for Lens saw Jose Mourinho fork out £8million to bring the Frenchman to the Bernabeu. 

Reports suggest that Mourinho would have to offer more than double that figure to sign him for a second time, with Varane's valuation thought to be around the £20million mark as recently as the weekend.

It is believed that Varane has finally gotten tired of playing the third wheel to Real's current centre-back partnership of Sergio Ramos and Pepe, which head coach Carlo Ancelotti prefers, often leaving Varane looking on from the bench.

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United's Needs

Mourinho obviously knows the 21-year old from his time at Los Blancos, whereas Louis van Gaal's interest in the man with 17 international caps stems from his current lack of quality centre back's at Old Trafford, with pretty much all of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair severely under-performing in the Dutchman's preferred 3-5-2 formation.

There is no doubt that Varane would automatically find his way into the starting lineup at United as soon as the ink on his contract dried, and it could well be Varane's voracious appetite for first team football that could see him end up at Manchester.

It is known that Van Gaal had been trying to sign Mats Hummels and Diego Godin, but the Dortmund and Atleti defenders are highly unlikely to make a move so United have needed to switch targets.

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