Real Madrid are reportedly lining up a move for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana as Raphael Varane edges closer to joining Manchester United.
Los Blancos will be short at centre-half if and when Varane follows Sergio Ramos out of the Bernabeu exit door.
Ramos brought his 16-year association with Madrid to an end earlier this month, and Varane looks set to join him at some point this summer.
The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils, who are stepping up their pursuit of a long-term partner for Harry Maguire.
If Varane does leave the Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti is said to be eyeing up a replacement from one of United’s Premier League rivals.
According to Fichajes (via The Hard Tackle), Madrid will move for Leicester City ace Fofafa in the event of Varane’s departure.
Fofana impressed in his debut season with Foxes, making 38 appearances and helping the Midlanders to fifth place in the Premier League and victory in the FA Cup final, earning rave reviews for his performances along the way.
The 20-year-old joined Brendan Rodgers’ side from St-Etienne in a £30million deal last year, and it won’t be easy for Real to prise him away from the King Power.
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Excluding the fact Leicester will not want to sell one of their prized assets, Fofana is only one year into a five-year deal, which means Ancelotti will have to pay through the nose to sign him.
There is no suggestion that Fofana is aware of the interest in him just yet, but Rodgers will be keen to let him know the club’s mantra if his head is turned.
“If a player doesn't want to be here, with all due respect, we don't want them here”, Rodgers said when asked about wantaway players last year. “It's as simple as that.”
“Any club is the same, if you have a player that doesn't actually want to be at the club, then you won't want them at your club.”
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