Truth behind Manchester United's £19m move for French defender

British newspaper The Telegraph caused a fuss on Saturday when they claimed Spanish newspaper Marca had reported something about Manchester United and Raphael Varane. Manchester United tried to sign the French defender before he moved to Real Madrid but the lure of Spain was too much and Varane plumped to move there. Ever since there's been regular rumours about further interest and aside from the issue of Real Madrid not wanting to sell and Varane probably not wanting to leave, there's reason behind the madness because Varane is such a good young player.

The Telegraph took it further on Saturday and said that Manchester United were considering a £19m move for the 21 year old. The newspaper explained:

'Man Utd transfers: Raphael Varane could join for £19m

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Man Utd in 2015 - club consider £19m move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

United have joined Chelsea in keeping tabs on Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. (Marca)
Real have an array of talent in central defence and could be willing to let Varane leave for a fee of around £19m.

According to reports in Spain, United are looking to sign Varane and are readying a £19m move for the 21-year-old.'

There's just one major problem here - Marca don't say any such thing. Marca don't have an article today, or yesterday for that matter, on Varane and Manchester United in either their print edition or online. What seems to have happened is newspaper reviews copying other newspaper reviews without bothering to check the original.

Soccerlens said several hours before The Telegraph that Marca had a story about Manchester United and Varane, they said that had been 'relayed by Inside Spanish Football'. Inside Spanish Football say no such thing, just that Pepe is likely to get a new contract and that could cause problems for Varane with a route to the team. They also say that The Telegraph cite reports in France on Manchester United and Chelsea interest in Varane, we've not seen this either.

Perhaps the lesson here is for newspapers and others to actually do their own newspaper review rather than speed reading those of others and assuming everything is correct. 


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