MANCHESTER UNITED are considering a major swap deal involving Paul Pogba and Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, reports suggest.
United are on the verge of completing Jadon Sancho's move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund and will then focus on signing a new centre-back.
Varane appears to be the Red Devils' top target as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign a highly-rated defender to link up with Harry Maguire at the back.
According to AS, however, the Manchester giants are believed to have splashed almost €100million (£86m) for Sancho already.
That means they are only willing to spend a maximum of €45m (£39m), plus add-ons.
This is a sum far short of the €70m (£60m) that Real are looking to recoup for the France international, even though his contract runs out next year.
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Therefore, United are thinking about swapping Pogba for the 28-year-old centre-back to sweeten the deal.
The star midfielder's contract also expires in 2022 and Los Blancos have previously showed interest, according to recent reports.
Negotiations between United and Real are expected to be long and hard, while some more twists and turns can't be ruled out.
The Red Devils have previously come in contact with Varane, who admitted he is open to moving to Old Trafford.
However, the Frenchman hasn't ruled out the possibility of staying at the Santiago Bernabeu either.
Solskjaer is not taking any chances and that is why he is also keeping tabs on the likes of Villarreal ace Pau Torres and Sevilla's Jules Kounde.
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