Old Trafford side target Bernabeu defender.
Man United’s pursuit of more effective central defensive options will reportedly see Louis van Gaal make a move for Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane according to the Daily Telegraph.
The 21 year old is struggling to force his way ahead of Carlo Ancelotti’s first choice pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos and may feel the time is right to consider a fresh challenge having made just four La Liga starts this term and this source claims Man United are readying a £19m bid for the French international.
Given that Varane is rightly considered one of the hottest young properties in the game right now such an offer may be far below Real Madrid’s asking price.
Van Gaal has seen Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all struggle for form and fitness this season and new signing Marcos Rojo is yet to adapt to life in the Premier League.
This has led to the Dutch manager having to call upon youngsters Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett on occasion this term, with mixed results.