Real Madrid Transfer News: Lens Defender Raphael Varane Set to Join Real Madrid
According to Marca, Real Madrid are close to finalizing their fourth signing of the season after Jose Callejon, Hamit Altintop and Nuri Sahin and youngster Rafael Varane is likely to sign for Real Madrid after the Spanish club agreed a deal in principle with Lens. The defender had also been tracked by Manchester United but has preferred to play for Real Madrid, for whom Zinedine Zidane is currently an advisor.
Varane is likely to cost around €10 million Euros and according to Marca, there is only personal terms to be agreed with the player, which should be completed soon. Varane will be a good addition to Real Madrid, who have a number of promising players in their squad. Though Real Madrid have experienced defenders like Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe, Varane will provide depth to the squad and if he progresses well at the Santiago Bernabeu, he could be a potential replacement for Carvalho in the future.
According to ESPNSoccernet, Lens president Gervais Martel has confirmed that he will be joining Real Madrid in the next season. He said "He'll play for Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho's guidance. He has already met him, as well as meeting Zinedine Zidane.Raphael is an exceptional boy. I'm proud that he'll be wearing the Real colours. They have been following him for the last two months and we let him visit the club. He said he couldn't turn down the opportunity."
The President insisted that the decision was not about the money and that it was only a football decision which influenced Varane to join Madrid. "The decision is not about money. I have to think about his career plans. He will be joining a club with a great sporting project. I'm sure he will find his way at the club."
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