Real Madrid Preparing Sensational Swap Deal To Sign David De Gea From United

Manchester United's David De Gea.

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Real Madrid are reportedly planning to lure Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho into selling David de Gea by offering Raphael Varane in a swap deal.

The French centre-back is one of Real’s star performers and while Zinedine Zidane has no intention of offloading the 23-year-old, Madrid president Florentino Perez could overrule his manager.

Varane, many believes, has become an ‘untouchable’ in Zidane’s squad, but Perez’ is willing to take any step to lure David de Gea from Old Trafford. According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, a swap deal involving De Gea and Varane looks to be the ideal solution for the La Liga giants.

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The defender was signed by Mourinho when he was in charge of Real Madrid, back in 2011 from Lens.

And since his arrival in Spanish football, Varane has gone from strength to strength and built an outstanding partnership with Sergio Ramos.

However, Florentino Perez is well aware that the Old Trafford hierarchy will not settle for goalkeeper Keylor Navas as a like-for-like replacement for David de Gea, despite almost securing that deal in the summer of 2015.

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For this reason it is believed that Real Madrid president will apparently use Mourinho’s admiration of Varane as a perfect opportunity to land his first-choice keeper.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has also attracted interest from Madrid, but former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper de Gea is the preferred choice for now.

With Perez ready to let go Varane, who confirmed in September that Mourinho approached him at Manchester United last summer, his replacement has already been identified.

Don Balon further claim Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos is the Spanish Champions’ favourite alternative.


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