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Manchester United have received a massive boost in race to sign Raphael Varane as he has reportedly told his Real Madrid teammates that he wants to leave the club this summer, according to Marca.
The experienced French star is said to be keen to leave Real Madrid in search of a new challenge as they prepare for a summer rebuild with Old Trafford touted as a potential landing spot.
The centre-back has won four Champions League and two La Liga titles at the Bernabeu and established himself as one of the world’s top defenders.
However, Kalidou Koulibaly was their primary target during the January window – but two failed bids ended hopes of landing the Senegal international midway through the season.
The hope remains that Napoli will be more willing to do business over their prize asset at the end of the campaign, with the player, himself, understood eager to be eager to move to the Premier League.
United’s dramatic upturn in form under Solskjaer relieved the pressure to make panic signings last month, with the club still working to a long-term strategy put in place before last summer.
Zinedine Zidane, however, wants Varane to remain at the club but Marca claim the Madrid manager could do little to stop the defender if he pushed hard for a move away.
Varane has a €500 million (£431m) release clause in his current deal with Madrid which expires in 2022.