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Man Utd legend Andy Cole approves “fantastic” Raphael Varane transfer

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Andy Cole has backed Manchester United’s pursuit of World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add Varane to his United squad, but Real Madrid want £50million for the centre-back, despite him only having a year left on his contract.

United, who have agreed personal terms, are willing to pay £40m for France star Varane, whom former Old Trafford striker Cole believes would be a statement signing for the Red Devils.

“If that happens, I think it’s going to be a big, big positive,” said Cole.

“He’s still very young for a centre-half and has played at the highest level for many many years now.

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“He’s won numerous championships and Champions Leagues with Real Madrid, World Cup winner.

“So he obviously has the qualities to bring Manchester United forward, so if it happens I think it would be a fantastic signing.”

Former United defender Wes Brown endorsed Cole’s view of Varane and said: “ I just think over the many years he’s been at Real Madrid, he’s been excellent.

“I do think last season he probably wasn’t as good, but the experience he has, he’s a big name in world football, everybody knows what he can do.

“If he were to come, it’s a new challenge and I think it would be an excellent choice and Ole can then see what works.

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“Bringing him in, you can see where Ole’s looking to go, a high pedigree player.

“We also have Jadon Sancho, so if it was to happen it would be two brilliant signings for the start of the season, and I think the crowd would love it as well.”

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