Two days removed from rumors tying Manchester City to Real Madridâ€™s Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Blues are also reportedly looking at Madrid youngster Raphael Varane.
The 19-year-old Frenchmanâ€™s recent play for the Bernabeu has made him a target for Premier League clubs, according to The Express. Varaneâ€™s current market value is around ÂŁ13 million, but Madrid could hesitate to send their youngest, most promising defender away. A pricey transfer fee is not out of the realm of possibility for Man City, who have spent big money before.
A defender, Varane has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season, and has started four of Madridâ€™s last five matches, recording the equalizing goal last week in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona .
Back in the fall, Manchester United were also linked to Varane, as well as Los Blanco defenders Raul Albiol and Sergio Ramos.
Manager Jose Mourinho admitted the La Liga title is out reach with the Catalans holding a 16 point lead, and instead wants his club to focus on tournaments like the Copa del Rey. Moving Varane could hurt those chances, and Mourinho might be more keen to move Albiol or Ramos, who he reportedly clashed with several times this season.
Varane joined Madrid in 2011 from Ligue 2â€™s Lens, where he made 23 appearances and netted two goals. He reportedly signed a six-year deal with the Bernabeu.
The Blues have eyed Ronaldo, and according to Metro, will try to use the ÂŁ19 million fee they received from AC Milan for Mario Balotelli, to put together an offer for the Portuguese stud or Atletico Madridâ€™s Radamel Falcao.