Manchester United step up bid to sign Raphael Varane – but face battle with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Real Madrid defender

Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Raphael Varane.

A decade on from when they tried to sign him ahead of Real Madrid, the Red Devils are now making a fresh attempt to land the French defender, 28.

Real Madrid have already let Sergio Ramos leave and could sell Varane this summer
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According to Sky Sports, United have been given permission to speak to Varane over a potential switch to Old Trafford.

However, the report adds that Varane is also in talks with Paris Saint-Germain, who signed former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos last week.

Varane, 28, has just a year left on his Real Madrid contract and has turned down the offer of a new deal at the Bernabeu.

The Spanish giants want him to stay but have now allowed him to talk to United and PSG.

No fee has been agreed and United are said to be wary of a repeat of the Sergio Ramos situation in 2015, when they were encouraged by the player to make a move only for him to sign a new contract at Real Madrid.

Varane is in the final year of his Real contract, giving United leverage in the negotiations.

He is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club in January.

Varane represented France at Euro 2020 and is wanted by Man United and PSG

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to bring him in to partner Harry Maguire at centre-back with neither Victor Lindelof nor Eric Bailly fully establishing themselves in that position with Man United.

United are hoping to strengthen their squad with several key signings this summer after finishing second in the Premier League last season and losing in the Europa League final.

They have already agreed a deal for England ace Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73million, subject to a medical.

Varane has become one of the world’s best defenders in his decade in the Spanish capital having won four Champions Leagues, three LaLiga titles and a Copa del Rey.

He was also part of France’s World Cup winning squad in 2018.