MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are reportedly involved in a four-way transfer tussle for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.
The 27-year-old has entered the final 18 months of his contract at the Bernabeu and has yet to commit his future to the LaLiga giants.
With fellow centre-back and United target Sergio Ramos, 34, becoming a free agent in June, Real have made it a ‘priority’ to tie down Varane long-term.
However, Marca claims they are prepared to cash in and sell him for £44million this summer if he refuses to sign an extension.
And they state the Red Devils, Blues, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in the French international.
United’s interest in the defender has stretched back to 2019 when he first considered walking away from the Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane’s return convinced him to stay then, but with the Real boss under-pressure himself, the France legend’s presence may not be a factor this time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with a host of defenders as he looks for someone to partner skipper Harry Maguire at the back.
United have conceded 30 goals already in the Premier League this term – the most of any team in the top nine.
And new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is also hoping to strengthen his backline in the summer.
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Both teams have been linked with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano – but Bayern Munich appear to have stolen a march on them.
And a cut-price move for Varane could prove to be an ideal option for both clubs as they begin plotting their transfer business.
David Alaba, who is comfortable in either defence or midfield, is also believed to be amongst Tuchel’s top targets.
But the Bayern Munich ace looks set to move to Madrid once his deal expires at the end of the season.
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