Report: Real Madrid tell Manchester United they can sign Raphaël Varane for £53.5 million

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates with Rafael Varane after scoring his teamÕs third goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between Leganes and Real Madrid at Estadio...

Manchester United are thought to be keen admirers of the Real Madrid ace.

Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane (L) vies with Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes during the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match Real Madrid vs FC...

According to Spanish media outlet Don Balon, Real Madrid have told Manchester United that they can sign Raphaël Varane in the summer for €60 million (£53.5 million).

The 24-year-old is widely considered to be one of the finest centre-backs in world football, but amazingly, he is still not a first-team regular at the Santiago Bernabeu, and has made just 19 league starts this season.

Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane controls the ball during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs RCD Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October...

Varane joined Los Blancos from Lens in the summer of 2011, for a fee believed to be in the region of £8.9 million, and his stock within the game has risen considerably since then,

Don Balon claim that Varane has been deemed surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital, and that Madrid have told the Red Devils that they can sign him for £53.5 million in the summer.

Good signing for United?

Mourinho is a big fan of the France international, having signed him for Madrid during his time in charge at the Bernabeu.

Raphael Varane of Real Madrid and Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at...

He is a cool and composed centre-half, and commands the back-line with a certain sense of authority that United sometimes lack.

Varane would be a superb signing for the Red Devils, and for the price of £53.5 million, he would be a real steal in what is a ludicrously inflated transfer market.

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