Manchester United could reportedly buy Raphael Varane for half of his asking price this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen to strengthen his defence with a centre-back still believed to be high on the priority list.
The Red Devils signed Harry Maguire 18 months ago, though Solskjaer has struggled to find a regular partner.
Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have both often been used, though many believe an upgrade is needed.
Varane has previously been targeted with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward indicating in 2018 he would be prepared to pay up to £100m for the Real Madrid defender.
Varane, 27, has just 18 months on his current Bernabeu contract and Real could look to sell this summer, especially if he fails to agree a new deal.
And Forbes claim that Los Blancos could accept a below-market-price of around £50m with high transfer fees unlikely due to the ongoing pandemic.
Though it is added that the most likely scenario is Varane signs a new deal to stay in the Spanish capital with United wary of being used as a bargaining tool.
United have been tipped to sign Varane’s partner at Real Madrid in Sergio Ramos by Dimitar Berbatov.
Berbatov said: "I have always said that United need another defender. But looking at the recent performances of Eric Bailly, if he stays focused and injury free then he can be a rock at the back of defence.
"But if United are going to buy someone, especially at this point in the season, them to be a perfect fit for the team. I don't think they need anyone at the moment.
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"I have read the reports about Sergio Ramos and there is a lot of speculation about his future. He could bring a lot of experience and steel to any team.
"Although he is 34, he is still a top player and United could do a lot worse. If he is available I can see a lot of teams interested in signing him.”
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