Manchester United plots to swipe Real Madrid star

Manchester United is planning to make a summer move to bring £26m Real Madrid star Raphael Varane to the Premiership, reported the Daily Star earlier today.

The Red Devils failed to sign the 19-year-old defender in 2011 when he left French club Lens and decided to sign with Real, where he has become a first-team regular and a fan favourite.

The France international continued to impress Sir Alex Ferguson’s side when he helped Real eliminate the Manchester club from the Champions League, and United is determined not to let him slip through their fingers once again.

Varane’s contract with Real runs through 2017 and has a release clause of £26m, but the genuine interest from United scouts, who have been monitoring him since their Champions League exit, has the Spanish club worried about losing their star.

Real have already reopened talks with the teenager to extend his contract through 2019 and significantly increase his release clause, with the intention of deterring interest from other clubs.

The fact that Varane is leaving his agent for Jorge Mendes has complicated the negotiations, leaving a window of opportunity for the Old Trafford club.

Fergie’s interest in bringing in the youngster, as well as Benfica’s centre-half Ezequiel Garay, has raised questions about Rio Ferdinand’s future with the club and what the squad will look like next season.

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