Real Madrid star Raphael Varane is reportedly keen to push through a summer transfer to Manchester United, Spanish publication Marca reports.
The 24-year-old enjoyed another successful campaign with the Bernabeu giants who celebrated their first European and domestic double since 1958.
According to Marca, the centre-back is assessing his future at the Capital outfit with Zinedine Zidane planning to recruit a new player at the heart of the defence.
Manchester City ace Nicolas Otamendi and Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci are at the top of Los Blancos’ radar, and this has got Varane fearful over his future in Madrid.
Jose Mourinho’s have been in a war of words with Los Blancos recently after they declined a tentative enquiry, but this has not diminished the club’s pursuit with Varane himself open to a move.
The Europa League holders had to compromise their central defensive options through the course of last season with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling having their fitness issues, and this has intensified the need for a new player.
Mourinho would be willing to guarantee Varane a regular role upon his arrival at Old Trafford, and this offers the centre-back the chance to cement his Les Bleus spot ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Irrespective of this, United are yet to make an official offer for the former Lens man, who cost a sum in excess of £50m in the summer. Varane clinched his third Champions League title of his professional career following Los Blancos’ win over Juventus at the Principality Stadium last week.