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