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United move for Real Madrid defender ruled out

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Important non-transfer news!

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A few weeks ago ESPN's Miguel Delaney suggested that Raphaël Varane could be a surprise mover in the transfer market, but Real Madrid's young French centre-back will almost certainly be staying put.

Either way, he certainly won't end up at Old Trafford, at least according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague. He says that we can all put on our nightcaps and hit the hay, as United have no plans at all for the remaining few hours of the window:

This news comes as a surprise to absolutely no one whatsoever. Like Marquinhos this morning, Varane is an excellent player who would fit the United bill perfectly, but the final day of the January (February?) transfer window is neither the time, nor the place to conduct this business. Catch up in the summer, Raphaël?