MADRID - Real Madrid have agreed to
sign French defender Raphael Varane from Lens on a six-year
contract, the Spanish club said on Monday.
The 18-year-old youth international made his debut in Ligue
1 with Lens last November and went on to make 23 league
Local media reported Jose Mourinho's side would pay around
10 million euros.
The towering centre-back, who can also operate in a midfield
holding role, will be competing with players such as Pepe,
Ricardo Carvalho, Raul Albiol and Ezequiel Garay for a place in
the centre of defence next season.
Varane is Real's fourth signing of the close-season after
Turkish midfielders Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop, and Spanish
striker Jose Callejon.
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