Bernabeu side ready to sell Old Trafford target…for the right price.
Real Madrid are open to the possibility of selling highly-rated centre-back Raphael Varane according to the Metro.
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The 21 year old French international, who was brought to the Bernabeu by former boss Jose Mourinho, finds himself behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos in Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order and as such one can see why his future at the Spanish giants would be unclear.
Man United are apparently ‘closing in’ on a deal to bring in Varane and La Liga table toppers just so long as the player’s £22m price-tag is met.
Louis van Gaal could well do with strengthening his defensive options with senior centre-backs Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and in particular Jonny Evans, all failing to inspire any confidence.
Youngsters Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have proven relatively sound when called upon though Varane would represent a huge improvement in comparison to the Man United academy graduates.
Arsenal and Chelsea are also pursuing Varane.
Varane has started half of Real Madrid’s 24 La Liga fixtures this term but has been a virtual ever present in Champions League duty and played a key role in helping Ancelotti’s side to victory in the tournament last season.