Transfer talk: Raphael Varane linked with £30m Manchester United move; Radamel Falcao to Valencia; Mario Balotelli to the MLS?

The biggest transfer news and rumours on Monday 2 March

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is favoring a transfer to Manchester United this summer, according to the Daily Express.

A central defender is top of Louis van Gaal's priorities, and the report says that United will tempt Real with a £30m bid.

Chelsea and Arsenal are also interested in the 21 French international.

Falcao off to Valencia?

Misfiring on loan Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has been linked with a move to Valenica, according to The Sun. The Colombian, on a season-long loan from Monaco, has scored just four goals in 20 appearances for United. The club have an option to make his move permanent for £43m but it seems more unlikely with every game.

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Radamel Falcao has been far from prolific

Vietto to Liverpool?

Liverpool are in pole position to sign Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto, with the 21-year-old Argentine striker even saying that he would be keen to speak with the Premier League side at the end of the season.

"If these great teams come forward and make an offer we'll see," he told AS about Liverpool’s interest

"The offer would first have to be very good, but it would be very good for me and good for Villarreal."

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Balotelli glances across to manager Brendan Rodgers as he is subbed last week

American dream for Balotelli

Mario Balotelli could be off to play for Orlando in the MLS at the end of the season, according to the Daily Express. The Italian striker has failed to set the Premier League alight for Liverpool this season, and it has been reported that a lucrative move to America could be his way out.

The potential transfer would see him link up again with his former team-mate at AC Milan, Kaka.

Reds in for Morata

Liverpool are also keen on Juventus striker Alvaro Morata. The forward, who signed from Real Madrid last summer, has been on the periphery of the Juve team this season.

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