Report: Manchester City enter Raphael Varane pursuit

Real Madrid player Raphael Varane during his team's match with Ajax on September 27, 2011
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Manchester City are monitoring the progress of 19-year-old Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports.

Manchester City have reportedly joined the race to sign highly-rated Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

The versatile 19-year-old, who can play at centre-back or in a holding midfield role, has flourished when selected for a struggling Los Blancos side this season.

Several of Europe's elite clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, are rumoured to be monitoring the teenage Frenchman.

According to The Express, City are also tracking Varane as a potential replacement for Joleon Lescott, who seems likely to leave Eastlands in the summer.

Varane has made 14 appearances for Madrid under Jose Mourinho this campaign.

Manachester United manager Alex Ferguson and Manchester City Roberto Mancini shakes hands before kick off on December 9, 2012
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