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Juve eyeing a swoop for Varane

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Reports in Spain and Italy are rife that Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is edging close to a move to Juventus this summer.

According to Calciomercato, Varane is one of the key targets of Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici this summer, with United also interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old joined Madrid in 2011 from Lens and has made 269 first-team appearances since, netting 12 goals and winning 16 trophies, including four Champions League crowns.

Varane was instrumental in France’s World Cup win last summer and his future is now under scrutiny with the impending arrival of FC Porto defender Eder Militao at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his desire to keep his compatriot in the Spanish capital and issued a hands-off warning to other clubs.

Zidane told the Metro: “I can tell you he is very happy here, has been here eight years, has done phenomenally so far.

“I don’t see him as people have said recently, he looks happy and committed in what he is doing.”

Madrid are keen to hold on to one of their most prized assets and would only let him leave if the potential suitors are ready to trigger his release clause.

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 09:: Raphael Varane of Real Madrid celebrates after the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Wanda Metropolitano on February 09, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)