Barcelona deny bid for Real Madrid star


Barcelona have not made an attempt to sign highly-rated young Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane during the summer transfer window, according to spokesperson for the Catalan club.

Barca have been linked with Varane since a report from TV3 claimed they were planning to activate the release clause of €30 million written into the Real Madrid contract of the 20-year-old France international.

Such a move will likely cause an even deeper rift between the two great rivals, but Barcelona's interest in the Real Madrid star have been hastily dismissed by club representative Toni Freixa.

"No, Barcelona have not attempted to sign Varane," Freixa told reporters.

Although they may not be in the market to sign Varane, Barcelona are reported to have identified the acquisition of another central defender as a priority before the transfer deadline in September.

Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund has been touted as a target, as has Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva, while there has been frequent speculation Barcelona will move for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz.

The Brazil international enjoyed his best season to date at Stamford Bridge last term, although recently appointed manager Jose Mourinho would reportedly allow Luiz to leave if a suitable offer was to be made.

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