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Real Madrid encourage Man Utd to bid for Varane

Manchester United are ready to launch a bid for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

Diario Gol says Real president Florentino Perez is willing to sell the 24-year-old valued at £54million to help generate funds to reshape coach Zinedine Zidane's squad this summer.

Jose Mourinho reportedly has doubts about defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones with Victor Lindelof failing to impress since his move from Benfica last year.

It was Mourinho who convinced Varane to move to the Bernabeu from Lens in 2011, when it looked like he was on his way to United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Now the Portuguese boss is ready to rekindle their relationship five years after leaving the Bernabeu.

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