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Real Madrid legend and winter target offered to Barcelona by Manchester United for €20 million



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Depletions in defense have been a regular occurrence for Real Madrid this season as injuries have done a number on the Merengues throughout the campaign.

After David Alaba suffered an ACL injury against Villarreal, talks of Real Madrid eyeing a signing to bolster the defensive department this winter began doing the rounds.

And one of the players entering their crosshairs was none other than former Real Madrid legend, Raphael Varane himself.

According to earlier rumors, the Manchester United defender caught the attention of the club because he has already worn the famous Royal White jersey and achieved great success in the Spanish capital.

Varane offered to Barcelona

However, Mundo Deportivo have come out to relay that from England they say that Manchester United have offered Varane to eternal rivals Barcelona for €23 million.

With his triumphs in the Spanish capital, Varane cemented his place as a starter at the center of defense next to the seasoned Sergio Ramos.

However, since moving to Manchester United, things have not gone as well for the Frenchman, who no longer offers the same level of defensive security and has lost his starting XI status.

As such, Real Madrid were previously considering Varane as a realistic option, with the Frenchman not only a familiar face in Madrid; but also one of the best to have ever plied his trade at the back in recent times.

Now, it appears Real Madrid may miss out on their target if Barcelona enters the picture, especially with the player’s tumultuous period in England making it easier for the Catalans to acquire him for an affordable fee.

Los Blancos, who remain wary of any potential options to reinforce the defense, will certainly be alarmed by these reports as they were considering weighing up a move for the player.

Moreover, his status as a Real Madrid icon is bound to be severely dented if he leaps Barcelona.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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