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United have offered French side RC Lens £9.2 Million for the services of 18-year-old defender Raphael Varane. The France Youth International has been scouted by The Reds for over a year, but they have been rushed into a bid for Varane following interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid…

Sir Alex Ferguson’s scouting network in France picked-up on Raphael Varane in the early stages of last season, citing his composure and reaction speed as his main attributes. After making his debut for Lens in October of last year, Varane has played 24 first team games, netting 2 goals. At the age of 18, the centre-back come defensive midfielder is seen as one of Europe’s most promising defenders, featuring in the U-21 France International squad. 

The 6ft 3in stopper is being chased by Real Madrid among numerous other smaller European clubs. Sources at Old Trafford have said United have tendered £9.2 Million for Varane’s signature. The youngster – who has also played at U-18 level with France – recently signed a contract extension until the summer of 2015, raising his pricetag above £9 Million. Paris Saint-Germain are the only club who have openly admitted their interest in the player. 
“I know I have a choice,” Raphael Varane told media in France. “I can move abroad or I could join another club in Ligue 1 (in France). What interests me is playing regularly, so I have to think carefully and go to a club that will allow me to progress.” Sir Alex is eager to add to his backline, following the £20 Million transfer of Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones, and Varane could complete the move within weeks. 

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Sat, 18 Jun 2011 1:13:49 am

Why are we continually linked with defenders. We need a midfield not a defence. Sndjear or modric. We should bid for them. We have a young defence and an ageing centre midfield. Plenty of wingers. Plus young on the way. No more defenders please!!!



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 1:33:26 am

Brilliant idea from fergie… Sort our defence 🙂
Question is what about centre midfield … We have been awful there this season!!! We need another Roy keane.. Carrick & fletcher just don’t cut it!



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 2:05:49 am

wat is fergie really thinking signing defenders? dis cant help us. we need creative midfielders not young defenders dat wld b thrown away after 1 or 2 seasons


Andy Mara

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 4:13:53 am

We need a change in coaching staff more than new defenders. After seeing the way we were simply out played by Barca, we obviously need some spanish/italian staff to help the lads with speed and quicky short accurate passing.

Jus sayin’!!



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 6:37:06 am

Sir alex has won more trophies then anyone in football. I’m pretty sure he knows what he’s doing.



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 6:38:31 am

Don’t understand either…
Center backs…who we have??
Rio, Vidic, Evans, Smailing, O Shea, Phil Jones…and now another one??



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 7:02:11 am

He’s thinking of the future as he always does in fergie we trust.


red devil dxb

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 8:19:24 am

inter coach has resigned sign of wes leaving



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 9:35:49 am

Who are these people questioning Sir Alex?..and what’s this I’m reading about a change in coaching staff? Complete rubbish!
Raphael Varne is a wonderful talent. With him, Smalling, Jones and Gill, Man United are set at the back for the next decade. Sir Alex won’t be around forever so he’s building the team he loves so that they won’t struggle in the future.
A playmaker will be signed..either Modric or Sneijder will be joining us so let’s stop second guessing our manager!



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 9:52:59 am

SAF is the one who brought us 19th BPL silverware. Have faith ppl. All I can see, would be a change in tactics and formation for his purchases. You can’t simply stick to 4 4 2 do you? He arint wanker you know. Show some support matez


red devil dxb

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:14:05 am

marc u 4got the twins


Sean 123 MUFC

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:20:11 am




Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:42:10 am

Evans is nowhere near good enough, Brown is not what he used to be, Oshea is just shit full stop, Rio unfortunately is coming to the end with injuries and not as sharp as he used to be and Evra really needs to improve from last season sign him up fergie


MUFC !!!

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:12:51 am

Is this another sign of panic buying which we’ve seen in the past because were not getting the players we want and need. Come on it’s midfielders we need. Also we need to get the deals wrapped up early for these big names to prevent other clubs hijacking which seems to be the case at this moment !!



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:18:16 am

Although Jones could be used as more of a defensive mid..


U never know

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:01:06 pm

This kid could be the next VIDA!


Sean 123 MUFC

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:02:25 pm



Matt g

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:10:50 pm

Look at the paper talk brown, o Shea leavin! Evens is rubbish that leaves only smallin in defence so sound good??



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:11:24 pm

I don’t disagree with the signing of a new defender to partner Vidic….if he’s going to he outstanding but….I do seriously think that they need to start with some quality signings in the midfield to fill the void Scholes has made along with another quality striker!



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:17:02 pm

The papers say wes and o Shea leaving and evens is not that good. That only leaves smalling. Fergie nows wot he is doing he has doing he hAs done it for 20 + years already


Dan Pond

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:26:49 pm

Trust Fergie, Varane is for the future. Vidic and rio have about 2/3 years left, depending on Rios injuries. Oshea and brown look like leaving although I wouldnt be surprised to see Oshea stay. I think Varane is like Phil Jones: he was too good to miss out on and SAF didn’t want to lose him to another club. And also just because he is looking at Varane doesn’t mean he isn’t also looking at a player like Sneijder or Modric. Just trust SAF we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:33:48 pm

our back 4 are getting on to be fair oshea vidic Ferdinand and evra will need to be replaced in the up coming years so why not get there replacements in whilst we’ve got the money to buy the best we can. We won the BPL with the strongest defence in the league so it is vital we remain like that in the future.. If we buy verane doesn’t mean were not gunna buy a CAM… Dont u think fergie know we need to replace scholes???



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 1:30:57 pm

according to tuttosport we have ended intrest in wes as deal to expensive and with modric saying he wants to stay in London could this mean we are going to miss out on a top midfielder



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 1:48:13 pm

YA SNEIJDER RACE IS OVER IT APPEARS MAYBE THE REASON Sanchez is coming and we have no money cos of his sale



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 2:01:36 pm

saf knows what he’s doing he’s proved over the years if he wants to buy defender then so b it he will get what we need when he’s ready lv utd


What about

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 2:46:42 pm

Nasri, has signed a new contract yet?



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 4:58:27 pm

well, just maybe….

—————- De Gea —————-
——- Rafeal Rio Vidic Evra ——-
———– Carrick Anderson ———-
———Young Sanchez Nani ———-
—————- Rooney —————-


Valencia, Smailing, Varane, Jones, Fletcher, Cleverley, Park, Owen, Chicharito, Berbatov


Mr Endowed

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 4:58:56 pm

Phil Jones-17mil,Varane-9.2mil..We will eventually buy a central midfielder so why waste these monies on so many defenders when we can pay more for the so-called expensive ones?all these monies could be used to support Sneijdr’s bid.trust me,these kids wouldn’t last.We have so many of them already.I bet if Gill was in another team,we would bid 10mil for him just cos some scouts watches him play..We need changes in the backroom staffs too!!!


red devil dxb

Sat, 18 Jun 2011 5:38:52 pm

Lets c: rio 32 he is nearly done he only played handful of games last season. vidic 29 hopefully 3-4 years of top performance in him; we are most likely gonna be getting rid of at least one of our current defenders, brown most likely he hardly plays. this kid is 18 and by the time vidic is out he’ll be ready to play for the 1st team; regardless, apparently he said today he doesn’t want to leave lens



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 6:40:30 pm

We need defenders do u not remember the shortage when key players r injured fergie building a team again not adding 2 positions and yes we do need midfield but give it time? When u build a team u work from the back to the front!!!!!!!!!



Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:20:44 pm

Great player



Sun, 19 Jun 2011 4:23:53 pm

No new gossips?



Sun, 19 Jun 2011 6:24:41 pm

Good team Marc I’d have fletcher over Anderson, bit of a waste of Hernandez though, I suppose he’d be great to bring on as a sub, at least your team is realistic not like others who have a completely different midfield.



Mon, 20 Jun 2011 5:23:10 am

Thanks Steed.
I think Man Utd are undergoing the process of building on a good team, not Total changeover. =)
I understand the need to build up from the rear. Jones is a great purchase, and so will Varane be! Ashley Young is a good buy too.. and really pray hard we will get Sanchez, as he is the most exciting player currently, after Ronaldo. As for Sneijder and Modric… seriously, for their price and their age, I don’t see why we need to pay for them.. I’d rather we sign Charlie Adam to be frank. Carrick, Anderson, Fletcher are all good players, just lacked the star factor.
Till then… still awaiting more good news from OT..



Mon, 20 Jun 2011 5:40:09 am

Just read that Barca have won the race to sign Sanchez for 35 million.


Wake up man u before we nt winning anythng next season

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 8:27:36 am



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