Bid rejected for €10m United starlet target

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Lens have rejected a bid for Manchester United target Raphael Varane, according to club president Gervais Martel.

The 18-year-old French starlet has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Arsenal also thought to be keen on the centre back, who can also play in midfield.

Despite the addition of Phil Jones for a reported £16 million, Sir Alex Ferguson is still thought to be keen on strengthening his Manchester United side further for the future, although it's unclear if it's the Red Devils who have made an offer.

"Paris St Germain have made me an offer, that is probably the worst kept secret around," Martel told RMC radio.

"A second club is also interested in him, but he isn't necessarily guaranteed first-team football there either. The asking price is around 10million euros (£8.9m). Certain big overseas club have offered more, but I quickly shut the door on them.

"We are on the same wavelength as the player, it's all a question of timing. I don't think we are too far from finding a solution."


Speaking to yesterday, Varane left the door open for both Manchester United and Madrid, claiming he's flattered by the interest of both club, although the opportunity to play senior football appears to be a major factor in any possible decision.

"Of course it's always nice when big teams are interested in you, especially since I'm young, so it's true that it is very flattering. I want to try something, so of course [Manchester United] would please me," he told the website.

"Real Madrid are also a great club. We know there is a lot of competition there and it's not easy to impose yourself at these clubs."

The Metro has now waded into the transfer debate as well, claiming Manchester United will lose out on the player as the La Liga giants close on a move for the player.

It's unlikely the Old Trafford outfit will give up on one of their top targets without a fight though, and Manchester United could be forced into a quick move given the latest reports on the teenager's situation.

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