- Raphael Varane has been a long-term transfer target for Man United who are keen to bolster their options in defence
- Varane is believed to be ready to end his nearly a decade-long trophy-laden career at Real Madrid for a fresh challenge elsewhere
- Despite United being favourites to land his services, reports suggest there is a long way to go until the deal gets over the line
Former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he has texted Raphael Varane in an attempt to convince him to move to Old Trafford.
United are believed to be eyeing a transfer move for the experienced Real Madrid centre-back this summer.
According to Mirror UK, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to upgrade his options at the heart of defence and he is in the market for a quality partner for Harry Maguire.
Varane is believed to have been identified for the role, with Real also said to be open to selling the French star.
The Independent further claims Varane prefers to join United, but the Red Devils must contend with competition from Paris Saint-Germain who are also eyeing the 28-year-old.
Despite United being in a pole position to land their long-term transfer target, reports suggest there is a long way to go until the deal gets over the line.
Ferdinand has now revealed he has done his part in persuading the World Cup-winning defender to move to the red side of Manchester, revealing to fans he recently sent Varane a message to help secure his signature this summer.
"Already have done. Agent Ferdy," Rio replied to a fan who asked him if he would personally send Varane a message to urge him to move to Old Trafford.
Real Madrid open to selling Varane
Only recently Real Madrid president Florentino Perez suggested the club are willing to listen to offers for Varane but divulged no official bid has been submitted.
“We’ve not received any official bid for Raphael Varane," he said.
"If he wants to leave the club this summer, he’ll say it," he added.
Sancho to get No.7 shirt
If Varane arrives, he would become Man United's second-highest-ranking arrival this summer after the Red Devils captured Jadon Sancho from Dortmund.
According to reports, the English winger is set to be handed the iconic No.7 shirt ahead of next season.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Premier League giants Manchester United have announced the signing of goalkeeper Tom Heaton who is making a return to Old Trafford where he spent 13 years as a youngster.
Tom Heaton whose contract at Aston Villa expired at the end of last season has signed a deal to be with the Red Devils until the year 2023.