Real Madrid star confirms contact from Manchester United

'There has been contact' - Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane confirms Manchester United interest

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has revealed Manchester United have shown interest in signing him.

Varane is a primary target of United boss Jose Mourinho, and he'll be happy if he joins the same team as Lukaku rather than having to mark him. "There were contacts, but not directly".

United will look to add defensive reinforcements over the summer, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones potentially heading for the exit door, and have expressed interest in Samuel Umtiti and Toby Alderweireld.

Therefore, talk - however speculative - of an approach for one of Europe's highest rated defenders comes as no surprise.

Victor Lindelof has also failed to impress since his big-money move to Manchester, while Marcos Rojo has been plagued by injuries over the past couple of seasons and can not be relied upon regularly.

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And asked on El Larguero if the Portuguese had been in touch over a United move, Varane replied: 'No, not directly.

The 24-year-old added that he felt the Belgian striker was the toughest opponent he had ever faced during his professional career and would be happy to be on the same side as the marksman for once.

Varane says he has to vary his normal approach when he comes up against players like the Belgium global, who he described as "pure power".

Well, that's exactly what Diario Gol are reporting he's done on Friday, telling Florentino Pérez: "I'm going to the Premier League". Like Lukaku, for example.

"When I arrived in Real Madrid, do you know how many players quarter final of the Champions League?"

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