Milan Skriniar’s Agent Talks Up Interest From Barcelona & Real Madrid Ahead of Possible Summer Move

​Milan Skriniar’s agent has told reporters his client has attracted strong interest from Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, with the duo set to battle it out over his signature this summer.

Skriniar has showed himself to be one of the game’s most accomplished central defenders since joining Inter from Sampdoria in 2017, making 76 appearances in just over a year and half with the ​Nerazzurri.

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Speaking to ​AS, Halis, who is one of the partners at the agency which represents the Slovakian, revealed: “Real Madrid want to sign him, so do Barcelona; whoever can convince Inter to let him go will sign him this summer.”

Los Blancos are understood to see the 24-year-old as a potential replacement for rumoured wantaway centre back Raphael Varane.

And Halis continued: “Skriniar is a model professional. If Real Madrid want him, they could get him but there are other agents who have a vested interest in taking players where they want.”

He then claimed that the only complications that could arise in the transfer revolve around the possible intrusion of super-agent Mino Raiola, explaining: “Mino Raiola, who represents Ibrahimovic and Pogba, might try to mislead Skriniar, but the player is on the books at our company – we have a contract with him.

“​Inter paid Sampdoria €28m for Skriniar and six months later, Manchester City came in with an offer of €55m. Now he is valued at around €100m. Any deal would certainly be complicated by the interference of intermediaries.”


Halis is a compatriot of Skriniar, but largely specialises in Turkish football, and had some further revelations about another centre back Madrid have been rumoured to be looking at, VfB Stuttgart’s Ozan Kabak, whom he has known since his early academy days at Galatasaray.

However, this time Halis was charged with playing down said links, declaring: “Ozan Kabak is an exceptional talent, but he’s not ready to join a top level club like ​Real Madrid. 

“At the moment he is not on Madrid’s list of candidates. He needs to get a few seasons under his belt and improve his game at Stuttgart before he goes anywhere else. There are a lot of steps he must go for before being in a position to join a side like Madrid”.

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Real Madrid Set to Target West Ham’s Felipe Anderson if Eden Hazard Pursuit Fails

Real Madrid could make a move for West Ham winger Felipe Anderson, if they can’t secure a deal for Eden Hazard​ this summer. 

Hazard’s seemingly inevitable departure from Chelsea to the Spanish capital has become one of the longest running transfer sagas in world football, while the return of club legend Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager has only exacerbated the speculation.

However, despite talk that Hazard has already made a decision on his future, with Real Madrid tipped to make a £70m bid, Real Madrid have contingency plans in place in the form of a list of backup targets.

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While the names Sadio Mane, Paulo Dybala and Neymar have all been mentioned in the past, a more surprising target for Los Blancos’ summer makeover is West Ham’s Felipe Anderson, according to Sky Sports. 

The winger joined the Hammers from Lazio in July 2018 for a club record £36m, which could rise to £42m with add-ons.

The 25-year-old has been a standout player for West Ham this season, scoring goals and providing four assists in the Premier League so far in his maiden campaign in England. 

His performances have even earned him a call-up to the Brazilian national side where he has linked up with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro and Marcelo.

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With regards to Real Madrid’s season, it has been an extremely disappointing campaign following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. In La Liga they currently sit third and are a huge 12 points behind leaders Barcelona. After an astounding four Champions League victories in the last five years, Real also crashed out of Europe’s top club competition this year in the round of 16, with a humiliating home defeat to Ajax. 

Owner Florentino Pérez has been tipped to lead the club through a summer of change, as underperforming players are moved on and new stars brought in.

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Eden Hazard Admits Zinedine Zidane Is His ‘Idol’ as Belgian Hints at Move to Real Madrid Again

​The prolonged saga linking Eden Hazard with a move to Real Madrid in the summer has another chapter, after the Belgian spoke about his admiration for Los Blancos’ boss Zinedine Zidane, admitting the Frenchman is the reason he started playing football.

Hazard is out of contract next summer, and speculation linking him with a move to the Spanish capital has been rife throughout the season so far, particularly following Chelsea’s recent dip in form and Real’s change in management. 

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Although the player has kept his cards close to his chest over a potential move, frequently ​reiterating a desire to focus on his immediate future in London, he admitted to his admiration for the returning ​Real boss in a recent interview with Belgian broadcaster RTBF, via AS.

Currently on international duty, when asked who he’d prefer to work with out of Zidane and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, he said: “As a player there’s no comparison, I have so much respect for Zidane, he’s my idol. It’s thanks to him I started playing. 

“But for the victories we’ve achieved with Martínez I’d go with Martínez.”

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Back in February, the ​Chelsea forward told journalists that ​he had already made a decision on his future, while a ​report last week claimed Real Madrid will open the bidding this summer at £70m.

Despite their disappointing season, Chelsea remain in contention for Champions League qualification and have their sights set on Europa League glory. Off the pitch however, it has been a difficult year so far, with the club slapped with a ​two-window transfer ban.

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Ranking Real Madrid’s Rumoured Attacking Targets by How Well They Would Fit in at the Bernabeu

With Zinedine Zidane back at the helm, Real Madrid can look forward to the summer with a bit more hope and optimism. The manager with the Midas touch has returned, and with it, memories of Champions League glories.

Suffice to say that this season has been a complete write-off for Los Blancos, with a humiliating exit in the Champions League to Ajax coupled with being completely off the pace in La Liga. But with Florentino Perez seemingly indicating that it is time for Madrid to bring back the ‘Galactico-level’ marquee signings, the summer transfer window could be one of the biggest in recent years at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Below is a look at the numerous attacking targets linked with a move to Madrid, and subsequently ranked in order of how well they would fit in with the glitz and glamour of one of European football’s most successful clubs.


7) Harry Kane (Tottenham)

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Harry Kane at ​Real Madrid? It just doesn’t feel quite right does it? The England captain has been arguably the Premier League’s best striker in recent seasons, so he would unquestionably be confident of finding his goalscoring boots in Spain. But taking a step back, and trying to imagine the Tottenham star in the white of Los Blancos saying ‘Hala Madrid’ like former Spurs man Gareth Bale seems a bit more fantastical. 

The 25-year-old comes across as very humble and respectful, and for all of Madrid’s greatness, those two traits are particularly down the order. ​Kane is adored by the Spurs faithful, who proudly call him ‘one of our own’, and it is understandably difficult to see that kind of feeling being replicated at the Santiago Bernabeu.


6) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 

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The ​Liverpool winger has enjoyed his best goalscoring season at Anfield, and delivered the moment of magic at the Allianz Arena to set the Reds on their way to a Champions League last 16 triumph over Bayern Munich. The Senegal international is blessed with blistering pace and quick feet, and would no doubt represent a real throwback to the counter-attacking days of a fully-firing Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Perhaps the one thing missing from Mane’s game is a consistency, and that may be one of the reasons why Madrid look elsewhere. The former Southampton star has a tendency of going on hot streaks in front of goal, before seeing his form fizzle out for a number of ​games. Consistency is one of the big criticisms of Bale, and it could well be with Mane at Madrid too.

Having recently signed a new deal at Liverpool, who are back among Europe’s elite, it would take a monumental effort to prise Mane away from Anfield too.


5) Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

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Perhaps the most technically gifted player on this list, ​Paulo Dybala has proven year in and year out in the Serie A to be one of the finest forwards in the game. The Argentine however has found himself flitting in and out of the team this season, what with the arrival of ​Cristiano Ronaldo, and has struggled to either displace the Portuguese star or Mario Mandzukic from the starting line-up.

Dybala has never really been the leading number nine, often dovetailing as either a second striker or as a more conventional no.10. Going by Madrid’s recent tactical preferences of a 4-3-3, it’s difficult to see the 25-year-old fitting in seamlessly, and would more than likely have to play from the right-hand side. 


4) Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

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The most prodigious young talent in world football, were Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid hierarchy able to lure Mbappe to Spain, it could prove to be one of the most decisive moments in European football this decade. At just 20-years-old, the Frenchman already has the world at his feet, and is surely a shoo-in for multiple Ballon d’Or awards in the future.

A move to Madrid seems inevitable for the France World Cup winner, but this summer may just be a step too early. In only his second full season at PSG, Mbappe still has the opportunity of learning and growing in the relatively smaller spotlight of Ligue 1. The striker has shown an incredible temperament since bursting onto the scene as a teenager with AS Monaco, and may by all estimates flourish at Madrid were he to move at the end of the season, but he may just fit in better with the demanding nature of the Bernabeu in the years to come, rather than anytime soon.​


3) Mauro Icardi (Inter)

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With reports suggesting Karim Benzema may finally leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, Madrid will most definitely be on the look-out for a starting striker. And they could do worse than bringing in ​Mauro Icardi from ​Inter. The former Nerazzurri captain proved at San Siro that he could handle the expectations of being the side’s star man and saviour, and at Madrid, that experience could prove to be vital.

The Argentina international has been a prolific goal-scorer in his time in Italy, and won Serie A’s Footballer of the Year award last season. With all the off-the-pitch controversy surrounding his wife and agent Wanda Nara, Icardi just seems like the perfect fit for all the political tensions that often encompass Madrid. A match made in heaven. 


2) Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

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A ​Premier League winner at Chelsea, Eden Hazard has been the cornerstone of the Blues’ success since his arrival from French side Lille. The Belgian superstar has had to virtually single-handedly carry Chelsea’s attack – particularly this season – and would no doubt relish the responsibility of being a key figure at Madrid.

However, if things do begin to go wrong, or the 28-year-old suffers a rough patch in form, would he be able to handle the pressure-cooker environment at the Bernabeu? The Belgium international is treated like a king at Stamford Bridge, but at Madrid, the fans are far more expectant, and with much shorter memories. If the Los Blancos faithful get on his back, could ​Hazard rise above it? It may be a difficult one to answer, but it is undeniable that he certainly has the footballing ability to do it, and that after all can be the most defining factor of them all.


1) Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

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Everything about this potential transfer just feels right. The fact that he played at ​Barcelona, and would then happily wear the white and gold of Madrid would just echo the poignant days of Luis Figo. Neymar (and his father) have made no secret of appreciating Los Blancos’ attempts to sign him, and in a potential £300m deal, would represent a world record transfer fee and symbolic return for Madrid as global superpowers in the market once more.

The Brazilian played second fiddle to Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou, but with Madrid, he would be expected to carry the burden of leading the post-Ronaldo era. And judging by his personality, and evident ego, that would be something he would relish. The 27-year-old could easily fit in to the left-hand side of a front three, and with no Messi or Mbappe to share the limelight with, would fancy his chances of finally getting a Ballon d’Or.​

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Keylor Navas Criticises ‘Ugly’ Treatment From Real Madrid Under Santiago Solari

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has blasted the ‘ugly’ treatment he received from Real Madrid during former manager Santiago Solari’s reign at the club. 

Despite significant contributions to Real Madrid’s recent trophy-laden era, Navas has found his role considerably diminished this season with the summer resignation of Zinedine Zidane as well as the £35m signing of Thibaut Courtois.

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The Costa Rican shot-stopper started just one La Liga match under Solari, and the tensions between the two nearly came to a head after Navas was left on the bench for Real’s inconsequential final Champions League group stage match against CSKA Moscow. 

When asked about his frustrations this season, Navas said to Cope, as quoted by Marca: “The last match of the Champions League in the Group stage was quite ugly, there was a chance for almost all of my teammates to play and I did not, it was difficult to accept but I faced the situation and had to keep working.

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“I did have the feeling that whatever I did in practice I was not going to play, but I was always a professional, I was motivated to continue doing things well because I am privileged.”

After battling through the tumultuous campaign under Julen Lopetegui and Solari, Zidane has returned to the Bernabeu helm and immediately reinstated the keeper that played a pivotal role in his side winning their last three Champions League trophies.

Following a triumphant return to the side, keeping a clean sheet in Real’s 2-0 victory against Celta Vigo, Navas was relieved to see Zidane back in charge.

“I was very emotional when I saw my name in the starting lineup.

“It (the tension with Solari) is already past and now we have to focus on the new stage with Zidane, enjoy what comes, I am calm because I know that he gives opportunities to all the players, not only to me”.


Those increased opportunities were immediately evident in Zidane’s second Real Madrid managerial debut as victory came courtesy of goals from ​Isco and Gareth Bale, who both struggled to establish themselves this season under the new management.

While Real Madrid are likely to go trophy-less this season, sitting 12 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga table, Zidane will be given the funds for a summer overhaul, although it remains to be seen if there will be a long term place for Navas in the Bernabeu goal.

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Four First Team Stars Set for Summer Exit as Real Madrid Seek €200m in Sales for Squad Revamp

​Real Madrid will consider selling up to four members of their first-team squad as part of a transfer overhaul in the summer, according to a report in Spain.

With Zinedine Zidane re-appointed as the club’s manager following the sacking of Santiago Solari, Los Blancos seem primed for a post-season revamp, with Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen chief amongst their targets.

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According to Spanish publication ​Marca, despite the club not actively looking to sell their players, there is an understanding amongst the hierarchy that they could potentially raise up to €200m in sales.

Recent reports have suggested France World Cup winner ​Raphael Varane is among a number of players considering their exit from the Santiago Bernabeu, with the 25-year-old being heavily linked with a move to ​Manchester United, among others.

Aside from Varane, both Gareth Bale and Isco have been tipped to make their departures from ​Madrid. However, the duo were influential in Zidane’s first game back in charge of the club.

Marca add that Karim Benzema could be the final player to bring the curtain down on his Madrid career, with the Frenchman having played 457 games and scoring 214 times in a trophy-laden spell.

Former Madrid and Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa revealed that he has felt sorry for ​Bale this season, and feels he has been made a scapegoat for Los Blancos’ disappointing campaign this year.

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He told El Chiringuito (as quoted by the ​Daily Mirror): “I think Bale has not been able to sell his commitment towards Real Madrid to the outside world.

“He can speak Spanish, but he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it with the media. He has scored some very important goals for the club and I feel that he gets criticised so much.”

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Real Madrid Linked With Adrien Rabiot as Midfielder’s Agent Insists He Is a ‘Prisoner’ at PSG

​Paris Saint-Germain outcast Adrien Rabiot has been linked with an astounding move to Real Madrid once his contract with the Parisian club expires at the end of the season.

Rabiot, 23, has seen his relationship sour with PSG this season after publicly voicing his intentions to leave the French club once his contract expires in June, with the midfielder seemingly attracting the interest of a number of Europe’s top sides.

And according to L’Equipe (via GFFN), Adrien Rabiot’s mother/agent has stated that her son is a ‘prisoner’ at the club. 

The latest addition to that ever-lengthening list appears to be ​Real Madrid, with Spanish media outlet ​OKDiario reporting that Los Blancos are keen to bring the Frenchman to the Santiago Bernabeu. 

The article claims that the French international is viewed as a short-term replacement for ​Luka Modric, as the club want a player with similar characteristics of the 34-year-old Ballon d’Or winner, although isn’t a move that would displace the Croatian initially, due to Rabiot’s versatility to play in a number of positions across midfield. 

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While Rabiot would be a free agent – meaning Real Madrid wouldn’t have to pay a transfer fee for the midfielder – it’s believed that the player wants a signing-on fee in the region of €15m to join the 13-time Champions League winners.

Rabiot was close to joining Real’s bitter rivals ​Barcelona earlier this season, with personal terms thought to have been agreed, before the Catalan side seemingly pulled the plug on the deal and instead announced the singing of Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong, who will complete his move to the Nou Camp this summer. 

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It’s been a strange season for Rabiot, who after initially being a key part to Thomas Tuchel’s PSG side earlier in the campaign, has been on the periphery of things at the Parc des Princes since making his intentions to leave the club clear, with his last appearance coming in a 1-1 draw against Strasbourg in early December. 

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Thibaut Courtois Refuses Real Madrid’s Offer of Switch to Man Utd as David de Gea Pursuit Continues

​Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has reportedly turned down a potential move to Manchester United as the club push for a swap deal involving David de Gea.

Madrid, who bought Courtois for €35m from Chelsea last summer, have long been admirers of De Gea, and are said to have reached out to the player over a potential switch to Manchester following talks between the two parties, in order to push through a move for the Spanish keeper.

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However, according to the ​Sun, the Belgian has rejected such a move, and, though he is keen to remain with Los Blancos after residing between the Santiago Bernabeu sticks for less than a season, would opt for Paris Saint-Germain over the ​Red Devils this summer.

Courtois has made 32 appearances across competitions for the European champions this season, missing just three ​La Liga games – one through injury and two at the start of the season following his August move – collecting 10 clean sheets and conceding 42 goals. 

However, he was dropped to the bench by returning manager Zinedine Zidane for his opening game in charge, and, despite the Frenchman insisting this was simply in order to offer Keylor Navas a chance, it has lead to increased rumours surrounding his immediate future.

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This has not been helped by the lukewarm reception the 26-year-old has received in the Spanish capital so far, especially following his troubles in the 4-1 home loss to Ajax that sent ​Real tumbling out of the Champions League. 

Indeed, it has got to the point that the player’s father, Thierry Courtois, has felt the need to come out in defence of his son, declaring: “I feel that everyone is targeting Thibaut. The Spanish press, and also the Flemish. As a father, I can not ignore that.”

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Antoine Griezmann: 6 Elite Clubs Who Must Sign the Forward if He Leaves Atletico Madrid This Summer

Antoine Griezmann reportedly wants to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, less than a year after famously deciding to stay put last June.

A player of his quality, who has scored at least 25 goals in each of the last four full seasons, won the World Cup and twice finished third in the Ballon d’Or will have no shortage of suitors if he really is about to become available on the transfer market.

Here’s a look at six top teams who must try and sign him…


Internazionale

Mauro Icardi

Depending on what happens with Mauro Icardi, who has been stripped of the club captaincy and hasn’t played since early February because of a contentious knee injury, Inter could find themselves needing a new attacking talisman ahead of next season.

Selling Icardi would raise significant funds and with Inter set to improve to third in Serie A and seemingly on an upward trajectory, it may be a project worth considering for Griezmann.


Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich will bid farewell to veteran heroes Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the end of the season, with James Rodriguez not tipped to stay beyond his loan deal. It means there will be a serious need for fresh attacking impetus at the Allianz Arena.

Griezmann could be the perfect summer addition for a club that has had a wakeup call, both at home and abroad, this season, potentially ushering in a new era of success.


Paris Saint-Germain

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Paris Saint-Germain could well look to Griezmann in the event that they lose Neymar this summer, with the Brazilian superstar a reported €350m world record target for Real Madrid.

Should that actually happen, PSG would need a replacement and would have the money to make it happen. Griezmann, who has never played professionally in his home country, could also be the more reliable Champions League X-factor the club has long been waiting for.


Barcelona

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Barcelona were infamously snubbed by Griezmann last summer when he made ‘The Decision’ to stay with Atletico. Reports suggest that the Catalans, who were made to look foolish by the whole saga, won’t entertain going back in for him, but perhaps they can’t afford not to.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez continue to score the bulk of Barça’s goals and it won’t last forever, with the former due to turn 32 years of age in June and latter already there. The attacking unit at Camp Nou therefore needs an injection of slightly younger blood.


Manchester United

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Manchester United wanted Griezmann in 2017 before he pledged himself to Atletico in light of their transfer ban. That interest has never really picked up again since, but the failure of Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford is reason to think the club would still have a need.

As a second striker, Griezmann could prove to be the creative link player that United have been lacking, while his personal friendship with Paul Pogba is already a big plus point.


Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will find it hard to sign number one target Neymar this summer. If that ambitious venture fails, then they too could become one of the clubs interested in Griezmann.

Real are set to make numerous changes at the end of the season after a disastrous 2018/19 campaign and could do a lot worse than focus on a player who is already a proven goalscorer in La Liga and at the highest level in Europe.


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Raphael Varane Considering Future at Real Madrid Despite Zinedine Zidane’s Return to Los Blancos

​Raphael Varane, it seems, is considering heading for the exit door at Real Madrid in the summer, as the Galacticos brace for a turbulent period of transition in the months to come. 

Zinedine Zidane’s return to the managerial hotseat following the sacking of Santiago Solari restored some much-needed positivity after a difficult season, but the club remains in a state of self-inflicted crisis after crashing out of the Champions League against Ajax at the Bernabeu earlier this month. 

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As a result, a number of players are expected to be on their way out, but few would have expected World Cup winner Raphael Varane to be among them. 

Reports in France, however, say that may just be the case, with ​L’Equipe citing a desire to ‘challenge himself’ as the reason behind some second thoughts over his future in Madrid 

It comes as a particular surprise given how close the 25-year-old reportedly is to his compatriot Zidane, but perhaps it is testament to just how unsettled he is that he could be seeking an exit despite Zizou’s renewed presence at ​Real. 

Assuming the rumblings are true, one club likely to be alerted is ​Manchester United, who are heavily rumoured to be looking for a quality addition to their defence in the summer.

They were linked with Varane ​as recently as last month, and should he become available, it would be difficult to see a better option on the market given how impressive he has been in recent seasons. 

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He has made 268 appearances for the La Liga side, and has four Champions League medals to his name, having featured in the famous three successive victories between 2016-18. 

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