Man United linked with star La Liga defender

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Man United linked with star La Liga defender

Manchster United are being linked with Real Madrid defender RAPHAEL VARANE in today's papers.

Following last night's 3-2 defeat to West Ham, United's Champions League hopes hang by a thread and the game exposed the fact that defensive re-inforcements have to be one of the top priorities at Old Trafford this summer, regardless of who the manager is.

Yesterday, a long-time target in Mats Hummels was snapped up by Bayern Munich so it is now being reported in the Mirror that Varane is the man that United want at the back.

The Frenchman is only 23 and he has suffered a somewhat injury-disturbed season at the Bernabeu, falling behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the Madrid pecking order of late.

The figure quoted in the paper is £25m, which seems good value in the current market, especially for a player of his age and experience.

And, if Jose Mourinho does slip into the Man United dugout, he is known to be a big fan of the player who served him so well during his stint in Spain.

Elsewhere, ALEXIS SANCHEZ could be set to leave Arsenal this summer, with Juventus leading the chase for the Chile forward, according to the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail also writes that Swansea may go back in for former striker WILFRIED BONY from Manchester City.

Belgium international goalkeeper THIBAUT COURTOIS wants to leave Chelsea over the summer, according to the Sun.

And finally, the Evening Standard is reporting that West Ham are considering a suprise £25million move for Leicester and England striker JAMIE VARDY.