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Manchester City to hijack Manchester United's Raphael Varane deal?

Man City to hijack Man Utd's Varane deal?
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Manchester City have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to a report.

Manchester United reportedly face fresh competition from rivals Manchester City for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

The long-serving Madrid defender is widely expected to depart the Bernabeu this summer after more than a decade in the Spanish capital.

Varane is said to have informed Los Blancos that he wants a new challenge, effectively forcing the La Liga giants to cash in as he will be a free agent next year.

United have been linked with the France international for a number of years and were considered one of the favourites, alongside Paris Saint-Germain, to sign the defender.

However, The Athletic claims that Man City also have a formal interest in the 28-year-old, while fellow Premier League side Chelsea are also monitoring his situation.

The same report indicates, though, that United are the best-placed of the English clubs to strike a deal with Varane and Madrid.

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