Top-flight title holders need strengthening at the back this summer.
Premier League champions Manchester City are eyeing up an end-of-season swoop for Real Madrid’s coveted centre-back Raphael Varane, reports the Daily Express.
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The young France international has recently been handed a number of first-team opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu by head coach Jose Mourinho due to injuries in defence to key personnel, and the player has grabbed this chance with both hands by turning in a number of eye-catching displays.
In particular, it was the 19-year-old’s performance in the first leg of Madrid’s Copa del Rey semi-final against arch-rivals Barcelona last Wednesday night in the Spanish capital that really caught the attentions of a whole host of top European clubs.
Not only did Varane turn in a classy display at the back against the likes of Barca playmaker Lionel Messi, but he also popped up at the other end late on with a crucial equalising goal for the Liga champions.
And, with Roberto Mancini reportedly set for a massive summer clear out at the Ethiad stadium, including making major changes to his back four, with the likes of England international Joleon Lescott being allowed to leave the club, then there could well be a hole that needs filling at Eastlands come summer time.
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