Man United eyeing move for Real Madrid defender

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a big money swoop for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, with the La Liga giants president Florentino Perez willing to listen to offers, according to reports.

The Frenchman has forged a reputation as one of the hottest defensive prospects in Europe during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and Jose Mourinho is said to be interested to be keen to rekindle his relationship with the 24-year-old from his time in Spain.

According to Spanish news outlet Diario Gol, the reigning La Liga and Champions League holders’ hierarchy are willing to offload their player to Man United for around €60m (£54m), but also see him as a bargaining chip to get hold of their most desired target.

Perez is said to be keen on signing the Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea, despite the Spaniard being tipped to extend his stay in the North West during the coming weeks.

The Spanish report adds that Perez will use Varane, as well as the duo of Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale – who are valued at £54m and €90m (£80m) respectively – to secure the shot-stopper.

Real Madrid see the upcoming summer as an opportunity to rebuild their squad following their disappointing season which could well leave them without silverware, while Mourinho is hoping to strengthen the core of his team and close the gap on Manchester City.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss will, however, have to complete his business earlier than usual in the upcoming transfer window, with new regulations coming into play halting any English league side adding to their squad ahead of the opening match of next term.

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