Manchester United have made an enquiry over Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, reports the Mirror.
The report, citing Spanish newspaper Marca, claims that the Red Devils want to bring the talented Frenchman to Old Trafford this summer, as Louis van Gaal and Co. go about improving the club's back-line.
Varane, of course, has endured a tricky time at the Bernabeu over the course of the past year, having failed to hold down a regular place under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, with the Mirror suggesting that he's grown frustrated at the club. However, with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez now in charge at the Spanish giants, it appears that the 22-year-old could become an integral member of the side sooner rather than later.
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In fact, the same report goes on to report that Real want to keep the defender at the club and place him alongside Sergio Ramos at the heart of the defence next term.
It appears, though, that despite Real's reluctance to sell, Manchester United will attempt to secure the player's services, with the report claiming that he will cost upwards of £35 million, with the Premier League duo of Chelsea and Manchester City also seemingly interested in his signature.
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It's not entirely surprising, though, that Manchester United are attempting to sign Varane, with Real seemingly determined to secure the services of the Red Devils number one goalkeeper David de Gea.
De Gea, who has enjoyed a brilliant couple of years on English soil, looks set to replace Iker Casillas as Real's shot-stopper, but Manchester United will no doubt look to get the best deal out of the potential sale.
United playing the right game
At the end of the day, you can hardly blame the Red Devils for trying to secure the services of Varane. Real most certainly look set to sign De Gea, but the Spanish giants have a number of top quality players who would succeed at the Theatre of Dreams.
And Varane is one of those. At 22-years of age, the Frenchman is arguably the leading young defender in world football, and would improve Manchester United's back-line immediately.
In fact, the defender would suit the United style of play under Van Gaal, as he's extremely composed on the ball and a natural when playing out from the back. That, of course, is the way Van Gaal wants his side to play, with controlled possession. One thing's for sure, it looks set to be an interesting few weeks for all those involved at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
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