Date: 26th April 2011 at 11:40am
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Raphael Varane

Could Varane be the next youngster to light up Old Trafford?

According to reports United have tied up a deal to sign defender Raphael Varane from French side Lens.

The Mirror notes:

“Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks to have beaten Arsenal in the race to sign French youngster Raphael Varane.

“Fergie is close to tying up a £3million deal for the Lens defender who turned 18 yesterday.

“The Old Trafford chief has teed up the move, despite 6ft 3in Varane signing a new contract recently.

“He is the surprise name on United’s transfer hit-list and insiders reveal the deal is ‘nearly done’.”

Varane is one of the brightest young stars in French football having been capped for France under 18 and at under 21 level.

Varane was playing for Lens under 18’s at the age of just 16 such was his ability and the defender seems to have had somewhat meteoric rise through the clubs ranks.

The youngster made his debut for Lens first team against Montpellier following an injury to centre back Alaeddine Yahia, where he received praise from all his team mates following an assured display.

Varane has made 17 appearances for Lens this season being used as both centre back and in a defensive midfield role.

The youngster signed a deal in February tying him to the club until 2015 but the smart money’s been on him moving on to a bigger club ever since his impressive debut.

Although Arsene Wenger has a reputation for discovering youngsters- especially French ones, it seems Varane looks set to follow in Paul Pogba’s footsteps by choosing Old Trafford as his next destination. 

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