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Manchester United could be favourites to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane ahead of rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, according to the Daily Express.
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The French youngster is seemingly leaning towards a move to Old Trafford if he does decide to quit the Bernabeu at the end of this season, in what could be a £30m move.
United need new signings in defence and have been linked several times with Varane, who is regarded as one of the most promising talents in the game at the moment.