Manchester United and Chelsea will be spending the final few hours of the transfer window going head-to-head over the possible signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, who is looking for some first team football
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, being relegated to the bench for most games behind first choice pair Pepe and Sergio Ramos has left Varane less than content and he would consider a possible move away if it meant playing more.
With only a coupe of hours of the January transfer window remaining, the report claims that both Manchester United and Chelsea are battling to put a deal together for him before the UK deadline of 11pm.
Jose Mourinho has already done some business on deadline day, signing Columbia international Juan Cuadrado in a deal worth a reported £23.3million. To get that deal done and meet FFP guidelines, Andre Schürrle was sold to Wolfsburg and Mohamed Salah went the other way to Fiorentina on loan.
FFP has limited the Stamford Bridge club's spending power over the past couple of seasons, but the report claims that Mourinho is ready to make it work if the club officials can get the deal in place.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are in desperate need of a defensive signing but looked ready to make do until the end of the season with what they have. Some fans would consider this a risky move, as defensive stability is something that has escaped Louis van Gaal's side for much of this season.
Varane would be a superb option to help solve the problems at the back for United, so there is little surprise that the report says Red Devils moneymen are working hard to push a deal through before the window shuts if possible.
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