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Real Madrid eyes Raphael Varane for defensive reinforcement

Real Madrid is reportedly considering a move for Manchester United’s Raphael Varane as they seek to strengthen their defense following David Alaba’s season-ending knee injury.

With both first-choice center-backs, David Alaba and Militao, sidelined due to ACL injuries, Real Madrid is actively exploring options to bolster their defensive lineup.

According to sources, Real Madrid sees Varane as the ideal candidate to fortify their defense under the management of Carlo Ancelotti.

Varane, who joined Manchester United in 2021 from Real Madrid in a reported £40 million ($49 million) deal, has not been a consistent starter for the Red Devils this season.

His limited playing time has fueled speculation about a potential departure from Old Trafford.

Despite being a crucial part of Manchester United’s squad, Varane has struggled for starts this season, making only nine league appearances.

The 2018 World Cup winner’s situation has prompted Real Madrid to consider a reunion, given their current defensive challenges.

Manchester United is said to be open to parting ways with Varane for a fee of €35 million (£30 million), with his contract set to expire in just over 18 months.

The decision to offload Varane could hinge on Real Madrid’s willingness to meet the financial demands for the French defender, who is approaching 31 years of age.

Varane’s potential return to Real Madrid would mark a significant move for both the player and the club, providing additional defensive depth as they navigate the challenges of the season.

Madrid has also been linked with Portuguese defenders Goncalo Inacio and Antonio Silva as they assess their options in the transfer market.

The upcoming transfer window may shed light on Varane’s future and Real Madrid’s strategy to address their defensive needs.

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