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Manchester United's hopes of making Raphael Varane their marquee summer signing have received a major blow as Paris Saint-Germain have joined the chase for the Frenchman, according to reports in Spain.
Real Madrid centre-back Varane has been billed as the ideal partner for Harry Maguire and has been on the Red Devils' radar for many years.
The 28-year-old has one year remaining on his Los Blancos contract and is believed to be available for a fee in the region of £43million.
United are certainly able to meet this price tag, but face competition for Varane's signature from Ligue 1 giants PSG.
PSG have joined the race for Varane, who has 12 months left on his deal in the Spanish capital
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That's according to Marca , which claims the French club have submitted an enquiry about the former Lens star.
Varane has spent a glittering decade on Real Madrid's books and the World Cup winner certainly has the quality to make a big impression in the Premier League.
But recent murmurings suggest he would favour a return to his homeland, while PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to strengthen his options at centre-back.
Wherever he ends up, Varane appears to be edging closer to an exit, presenting Carlo Ancelotti with a problem.
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The Real Madrid boss, who was appointed at the start of the month, has already lost one of his key central defenders in Sergio Ramos.
The veteran Spaniard left the club at the expiry of his contract after failing to agree to a new deal, leaving a huge void in the backline.
Should Varane follow Ramos out of the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid will be left with just two senior options at centre-back in Nacho and Eder Militao.
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Versatile Austria international David Alaba has also arrived on a free transfer from Bayern Munich and is able to fill in on the left of a defensive pairing.
Nonetheless, Real Madrid are expected to enter the market for a centre-back if Varane departs, with Sevilla star Jules Kounde on their radar.
Varane, for his part, is currently away with the French national team at Euro 2020 and had little to say on his next move earlier this month.
He said: "This is not the time to talk about my future, I am focused on the selection, on this Euro.
"It is normal and logical to ask the question and for my part it is normal and logical to focus on the upcoming deadlines.
"We are all human beings. We can think about it. As for my personal case, I am focused on the objectives that we have in the France team, it is not a subject that I will discuss every day in my room at Clairefontaine.
"I am focused on my goal, and now is not the time to discuss it. If I have to talk about it, it will be directly with the people concerned."