Raphael Varane is a target for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid are lining up a move for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly as a replacement for Raphael Varane if the Frenchman chooses to push through a move to Manchester United.
The 25-year-old is believed to be keen on a move away from the Bernabeu and has reportedly told the club that he wants to seek a new challenge this summer.
Madrid pipped United to Varane’s signature in 2011 after Zinedine Zidane’s intervention but the Red Devils have never given up hope of signing the former Lens defender.
Ed Woodward vetoed moves for Jose Mourinho targets Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin last summer as he wanted a long-term solution to the club’s defensive problems.
Koulibaly is valued at around £90m (Picture: Getty)United are willing to pay around £100m for him this summer and, though Madrid are considering a new contract renewal for the defender, they’re also drawing up contingency plans for if he leaves.
Koulibaly, 27, had been a target for United under Mourinho but the Senegalese defender opted to sign a new deal with Napoli.
However, he would likely jump at the chance to move to Madrid and AS claim Zidane has identified him as a replacement for Varane.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be handed significant funds to invest in his squad this summer but the Norwegian is yet to settle on a budget with Ed Woodward.
The club’s ongoing pursuit of Champions League qualification is likely to have a huge bearing on the level of spending that Solskjaer will be able to commit to.
Solskjaer is ready to sell up to six United players and wants to bring in as many as five with Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Varane on his wishlist.
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