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Manchester United ‘deny’ placing £50 million bid amid Real Madrid transfer demand



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Manchester United have reportedly denied submitting a bid of over £50 million for a Raphaël Varane replacement as Real Madrid made a demand of the player.

Manchester United face a crucial transfer window, needing to target two defenders due to the likely departure of Raphaël Varane and the uncertain futures of Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire, and Victor Lindelöf.

Varane, a key figure since his arrival from Real Madrid, is set to leave once his contract expires, creating a significant gap in the defence. Jonny Evans, on a short-term contract, offers experience, but his future is unclear, with negotiations for a new contract ongoing. Similarly, Maguire and Lindelöf have had inconsistent performances and may not stay long-term.

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Bringing in a replacement for Varane is of paramount importance this summer, as losing the World Cup winner significantly reduces the pool of talent United currently possesses.

United are aiming to bring in two strong defenders to maintain stability and competitiveness. They need players who are not only defensively solid but also good with the ball to fit the club’s ideal style of play.

A report from last week revealed that United have made an offer of around £ 50 million for 18-year-old defender Leny Yoro, who has widely been touted as a potential replacement for the departing Varane.

Standing at 190cm, Yoro is the same height as the five-time Champions League winner and is very good with his feet, too. He is aerially competent and looks wise beyond his years on the field, much like Kobbie Mainoo in midfield.

However, a new claim from the Metro has established that United have denied this. According to the outlet, the club has “played down” the reports, explaining that no bid has been submitted.

Real Madrid have reportedly demanded that Yoro hold tight and refuse offers from other clubs as they are convinced they can get Lille to accept a fee of around £34 million.

In this matter, Madrid have the edge as Yoro’s current deal is set to expire in the summer. If he does not sign a new contract, he will be free to sign for the club of his choosing in 2025.

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