Manchester United are being tipped to beat rivals Chelsea to the signing of Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, according to reports from the Express.
Varane is struggling to break into the first team under Carlo Ancelotti, as he is often seen as backup to usual defensive pair Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
Although the European champions are keen on keeping the 22-year-old, Varane’s plea for first team football has attracted a number of top Premier League sides.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is ready to splash the cash on a new centre-back, and with long-term target Mats Hummels still favouring a Borussia Dortmund stay, the Dutch boss may have to turn his attentions elsewhere.
Madrid may be open to selling the France international amid speculation that they are already eyeing the likes of Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte to fill the void.