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Manchester United ‘eyes’ Raphael Varane.


The same goes for Mings, who has been central to Aston Villa’s improvement this season, as well as the towering 21-year-old Carmo at Braga.

Manchester United have added Raphael Varane, Tyrone Mings and David Carmo to the shortlist of centre back options they are monitoring ahead of the summer transfer window.

Pau Torres, Dayot Upamecano, Jules Kounde are among their other existing targets for the position.

United are keen on landing a new centre back this year to act as a long-term partner for club captain Harry Maguire. Victor Lindelof has struggled to prove himself of the quality necessary to be a regular starter and Eric Bailly is once more battling fitness problems.

90min first revealed back in November that United see a central defender as one of their priorities in 2021.


The Old Trafford club had admired Torres at Villarreal since last summer and he is at the top of the list.

There is also a feeling his time there could be coming to an end after becoming a regular international for Spain and a release clause just under £60m hasn’t put suitors off.


Upamecano was also near the top of the list at one stage, although it was rumoured that United were starting to cool their interest when Bayern Munich began pursuing the player. Bayern have since entered positive early talks with the Frenchman’s representatives.

NoRM has also previously reported that United have been closely watching Kounde at Sevilla for many months, as well as Brighton’s Ben White and Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu, as they thoroughly weigh up and assess plenty of possible options to make the best decision.

Even as a shorter term solution, United would be interested in Sergio Ramos should the 34-year-old leave Real Madrid this summer.


However, getting burnt in pursuit of the Spaniard in the past means they would only make a serious approach if that interest was genuinely reciprocated.

The rest of the Premier League ‘Big Six’ have taken a similar view on Ramos, who is most likely to join PSG.

Varane has been heavily linked with United for years, but fresh doubts over the Frenchman’s future at Real Madrid has led ESPN to report that he also now one of the players Old Trafford officials are considering.

The same goes for Mings, who has been central to Aston Villa’s improvement this season, as well as the towering 21-year-old Carmo at Braga.


Varane has less than 18 months left on his current contract at Real Madrid and a sale in 2021 is the only way Los Blancos could command a reasonable transfer fee for the World Cup winner, who could potentially leave the Bernabeu as a free agent in 2022 if he refuses to sign a new deal.

The 27-year-old will have spent ten full seasons at Real by the end of the current campaign, having joined from Lens as a teenager in 2011, and it has been reported in Spain there is a belief at the club he wants to move on and test himself elsewhere.



Varane knows the best way to overcome Mancity


Raphael Varane has called on Real Madrid to draw on their experience of recent success in the Champions League to inspire them to overturn a deficit against Manchester City.

The LaLiga champions travel to Manchester on Friday for the second leg of their last-16 Champions League clash with City, which is delicately poised.


Pep Guardiola’s men pulled off a famous 2-1 victory over Madrid at the Bernabeu in the first leg and Varane says the decisive return tie will be decided by the ‘small details’.

‘We know what we’ve achieved in recent years is something exceptional,’ the French defender said. ‘What we have to do is carry this experience with us and know that the small details make the difference in big games.

‘Now, we’re a bit more relaxed, but we have the same determination and we know the traps we have to avoid. We have years of experience, but it’s hard to win every game, repeat victories and always be at the top.’

Zinedine Zidane has never lost a knockout round on aggregate in the competition as Madrid boss and has previously led them to three consecutive Champions League titles.

Madrid have already claimed the LaLiga title this season and Varane insisted the team remain hungry for more success.

He added: ‘We want to win every day, we’re Real Madrid. We want to win everything possible and gain more confidence that way.

‘We haven’t had games to play beforehand, so we have time to prepare ourselves. The best team on the day will win. We’ll go into [the game] with hunger to win and the necessary determination.


‘[It will be] a difficult game against a very good team. The first leg was a top-quality game, with pressing from both teams.

‘[Real Madrid and City are] two teams that like to have the ball, are very intense and that require lots of concentration.

‘These are the best games in the Champions League – the ones that are decided by very little. They are why we love this competition.’

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Real Madrid Shuns Mancity’s Interest In Raphael Varane

Real Madrid have informed Manchester City that centre-back Raphaël Varane is not for sale this summer unless the Citizens meet his release clause.Pep Guardiola is on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer, with a source confirming to 90min that Aymeric Laporte is the only defender who is safe at the Etihad Stadium.

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How Lenglet defend varane’s challenge during El Clásico clash.

…penalty might have changed that

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has defended himself following his challenge on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane during Wednesday’s Clásico at Camp Nou.

Though it was a high challenge inside his own penalty area, it didn’t result in a penalty being given even after a VAR check, and Lenglet insists the decision must be respected.

The game ultimately finished 0-0 in what was an incredibly dull contest between two of the most famous clubs in world football. A penalty might have changed that, but Lenglet wasn’t penalised after his studs made contact with Varane’s thigh in an effort to win a header.

Both Real coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos were unhappy, with the latter in particular describing that and a separate shirt pull on Varane as ‘pretty clear’ penalties, but Lenglet stood his ground when quizzed after the game.

“For me, it’s not a penalty,” he is quoted as saying by AS when asked about his challenge.

Lenglet insists he was simply trying to win the ball with his head and any contact with Varane was for leverage in that aerial contest.

“I wanted to get the ball out with my head and give strength to my movement. I used my body and legs for that and, unfortunately, I touched Raphael’s leg,” he explained.

“I’m the protagonist and I know I’m going to clear the ball. I’m not a player who likes to kick people. But if some believe it’s a penalty, it’s up to the VAR. The VAR made a decision and must be respected.”

The result did nothing to the top of La Liga, with Barça and Real level on points – the Catalans are ahead by virtue of a marginally superior goal difference. Sevilla are five points back in third place, with none of the top three winning either of the last two league fixtures.