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Man United Told Real Madrid Star They Should Sign This Summer
- Raphael Varane has been a long-term transfer target for PremierLeague Man United
- Nicky Butt contends the Real Madrid defender would form a formidable partnership with Maguire
- It remains unclear if Real would let Varane depart this summer after the exit of Sergio Ramos
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Former Man United star Nicky Butt has advised the club to go all out for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane this summer.
United are expected to enter the market in search of fresh legs to bolster their squad, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen on a number of signings.
Metro UK reports the Manchester-based club are looking to sign a formidable centre-back to partner captain Harry Maguire and have put Varane top on the wishlist.
Varane has been an integral part of Real Madrid's success in recent years, helping them win three La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns during his 10-year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Butt has now said he would love to see United do everything within their reach to land the Frenchman, suggesting he would rather have him than West Ham's Declan Rice.
Rice has widely been linked with a switch to Old Trafford, but Butt feels the transfer would not make any sense.
"The biggest thing that needs addressing for me at Manchester United this summer is that centre-back position; we need a partner for Harry Maguire," Butt said.
"Everyone talks about Raphael Varane. I understand he’s a little bit older than most people would perhaps like, but you just have to go back to the days of Teddy Sheringham," he added.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes, the United icon noted the club cannot afford another season without a trophy, adding the transfer business must be premised on that account.
"For me, next season has to be about getting some silverware back in that trophy cabinet for Manchester United. It’s about getting the right players who will allow you to challenge for trophies. It’s a winning club, so we can’t go this long without silverware," he noted.
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Ramos departs Real Madrid
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Sergio Ramos is set to leave Real Madrid after a trophy-filled 16-year career at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 35-year old will leave Real Madrid at the end of the month at the expiry of his contract.
Initial reports indicated the club would renew his contract which would entail a hefty pay cut but the two parties ultimately decided to part ways.
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