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Manchester United in talks with Real Madird's Raphael Varane (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Manchester United in talks with Real Madird's Raphael Varane (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Manchester United in talks with Real Madird's Raphael Varane (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER United have held talks over a deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

After reaching an agreement in principle to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, United have embarked on an audacious bid to capture France centre-back Varane.

With just one year left on his current contract, Real Madrid are determined to collect a transfer fee for Varane, who appears reluctant to extend his deal with the Spanish giants.

Now a United source has told the Sunday World that initial talks have taken place over a deal that could be worth around €50million, with the player, seemingly, keen to make a move.

Varane was a United fan growing up and his favourite player was Rio Ferdinand, but it remains to be seen whether those loyalties will be a factor in talks with the Old Trafford club.

Deals for Sancho and Varane would be huge statements of intent for United, as they look to close the gap on local rivals Manchester City.

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MANCHESTER City will "move on" from their pursuit of England captain Harry Kane unless they feel Tottenham will shift their stance on selling the striker.

Spurs have made it clear that they have no intention of selling Kane (inset) this summer, despite the striker making it clear that he wants to leave the club to win trophies elsewhere.

Kane may need to force the issue and go public in his intention to leave Spurs by making a statement.

Yet sources close to the player have confirmed that is unlikely to happen, with the final decision to be made this month.

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LIVERPOOL will be hoping Xherdan Shaqiri's performances at Euro 2020 for Switzerland will inflate his price as they look to sell the winger this summer.

Anfield chiefs are looking to raise finances for incoming transfers by selling some of Jurgen Klopp's fringe performers.

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And after Shaqiri (right) came close to leaving Liverpool last year, he is now expected to make his exit in this transfer window.

Italian clubs have expressed an interest in a player who featured for only 32 minutes in the final 11 Premier League games.

Liverpool could also raise funds by selling Harry Wilson, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, Taiwo Awoniyi and Marko Grujic.

Yet the word from Anfield suggests big-money arrivals are unlikely after the club signed defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig last month.

THE future of Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter is uncertain, with the 31-year-old not part of Nottingham Forest's plans for the upcoming season.

Arter (above) has not played for Chris Hughton's Forest since early January, with injury not the reason for his absence from their line-up.

Now it appears he will need to find a new club, less than a year after he signed for Forest and ended his long association with Bournemouth.

A return to his former club may be an option, after Arter's brother-in-law Scott Parker took over as Cherries boss.

Arter has remained as part of the Republic of Ireland squad despite his inactivity at club level. He also launched a passionate defence of boss Stephen Kenny in an exclusive interview with the Sunday World last month.

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