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United poised to sign Lens star
Manchester United confidently expect to begin their summer transfer business by signing Raphaël Varane from Lens in a continuation of their policy to recruit potential stars of the future rather than established category-A players. Varane is regarded as one of the outstanding young players in the French game after breaking into the Lens team at the age of 17. Now 18, he was unable to stop them being relegated from Ligue 1 but has been commended for his mature performances after establishing himself in the side over the past two months. Sir Alex Ferguson's scouts have been regular visitors to the Stade Félix-Bollaert during that period. Formal talks have opened between the clubs and, subject to a fee being agreed, the deal is described as being very close… Varane's advisers have floated the possibility that he could go on loan to another club, possibly Paris Saint-Germain, next season.
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
Meanwhile, The Independent claim “David Beckham will be given permission to skip Los Angeles Galaxy's home league game against Houston Dynamo on Wednesday in order to play in his friend Gary Neville's testimonial against Juventus the day before.”
The Sun carry comments from Nani about how United might go about beating Barcelona in the Champions League final. The wingers says: “Nobody likes running after the ball, it's very difficult. What we have to do is to try and steal the ball from them as soon as possible.”