Liverpool told to make Man Utd target Raphael Varane transfer priority by John Barnes

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Jurgen Klopp has been told that ensuring Raphael Varane joins Liverpool this summer, should be his transfer priority. The champions have endured a raft of injuries this season, that has left them threadbare at the back.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have both missed significant portions of the season, while Joel Matip is also ruled out for the remainder of this campaign.

Klopp could look to the transfer market for fresh additions, with the Reds hoping to once again become title contenders next term.

Varane has been one of the game’s best defenders, but with just 18 months remaining on his Real Madrid contract, he could be allowed to leave while Los Blancos can still command a fee.

Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the World Cup winner with MEN claiming Madrid are growing increasingly pessimistic about Varane accepting a new deal.

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Mundo Deportivo via Sport Witness suggest that Klopp’s side are the leading Premier League team in the race as the German looks to end their injury torture.

And Anfield legend John Barnes has said that signing the central defender should take priority over any other arrival this summer.

“Varane would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool. He’s quick, he’s a good defender and great on the ball so he would suit the way that Liverpool play and for Liverpool to sign him would be a fantastic piece of business.,” he told BonusCodeBets.

“He would strengthen any team in the Premier League but if he is leaving Real Madrid then there will be a lot of teams interested and a lot of competition to sign him.”

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Should Varane become available, it’s likely a host of European clubs will be in the mix, but similarly to the races to sign Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, Barnes believes his old team are well set to compete.

He added: “Mbappe and Haaland are the answer to Liverpool’s problems, but they would also be great for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and every top team in Europe.

“Attacking players are not Liverpool’s immediate priority because they have Mane, Salah and Firmino, who are fantastic players and the club are among the top scorers in the league while playing brilliant attacking football.

“However looking at the age of the top three, in the long term they need to be replaced, but for the immediate future, Mbappe and Haaland aren’t players that could come unless things change with one of the front three going.”

“Liverpool are in a much better place now to attract big players than they were in the past,” Barnes continued.

“When Salah and Mane came to Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and the big teams were not in for them.

“Liverpool couldn’t have looked at the world superstars at that time and been able to get them, whereas now they are the league champions, doing well in the Champions League and their profile has been raised by Jurgen Klopp’s work.

“Liverpool are able to attract the best players, it is just a question about whether they can financially compete with teams like PSG and Manchester City.”

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