Barcelona did not try to sign Varane, says spokesperson

A recent report claimed the Catalans had attempted to sign Real Madrid's 20-year-old centre-back, but they have denied they are keen on buying the French defender
Barcelona have insisted they have not made a move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to the club's spokesperson Toni Freixa.

TV3 claimed earlier this week the Liga champions were ready to trigger the centre-back's €30 million release clause and had already approached Varane's agent to discuss a potential transfer, only to be turned down by the France international.

However, Freixa has stressed there is no truth in the rumours linking the 20-year-old with a move to Barcelona.

"No, Barcelona have not attempted to sign Varane,"  the Barca spokesperson told reporters.

Varane joined Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011 and has since developed into an integral part of the Santiago Bernabeu side's first team. He has a contract with los Blancos until June 2017.

Barcelona are keen to add some fresh blood to their defence this summer and have also been linked with players such as Mats Hummels,Thiago Silva and David Luiz in recent months.