Manchester United already working on deal to bring Chelsea transfer target to Old Trafford

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Manchester United are already working on a deal to bring Real Madrid star Raphael Varane to Old Trafford this January, reports Le 10 Sport [via the Daily Express].

The Red Devils are aware of the need to restore positive relations between themselves and Real [Express], and may be keen on endearing themselves to the Spanish counterparts once again in order to facilitate a move for Varane in the future.

The two clubs have each released an official statement blaming the other for David De Gea’s failed move to the Bernabeu [Man Utd statement, Real Madrid statement], and it could take a while before they are willing to do business again.

Should they look to pursue Varane, United may also be starting negotiations early to avoid another situation as that which happened with Sergio Ramos. The Spain international was heavily linked to the Premier League outfit throughout the summer, but ended up signing a long-term contract with Los Blancos [The Guardian]. Louis van Gaal will want to avoid this happening with the 29-year-old’s teammate.

The France international may be open to leaving the Bernabeu after seeing both Ramos and Pepe [Real Madrid site] sign new deals with the club. If the 22-year-old continues to be behind them in the pecking order it could leave him having to leave in order to further his development.

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United could be a great place for the defender to go, with plenty of opportunities available at Old Trafford. Manager van Gaal is currently having to play Daley Blind at centre-back, and with Marcos Rojo having fallen out of favour with the Dutchman [Daily Star], he likely needs another signing to play in the heart of his back line.

Chelsea are also interested in Jose Mourinho’s former charge. Having seen multiple bids for Everton ace John Stones rejected [Daily Mail], they may see the Frenchman as a more realistic target.

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