Manchester United are set to make a £40million bid for defender Raphael Varane this summer.
The 27-year-old center-back remains uninterested in renewing his contract at Real Madrid which expires at the end of next season.
Madrid appear to be willing to cash in to avoid losing Varane as a free agent after 2022. The future of Los Blanco’s backline led by Nacho, Eder Militao, and the ever-versatile David Alaba appears to be in good hands.
Veteran defender Sergio Ramos also expects to leave the club with Varane at the end of June.
Varane, a 4-time Champions League, 3-time La Liga, and World Cup winner, is currently valued at £63 million according to Transfer Market. However, the Red Devils remain optimistic that the £40 million bid is a fair figure for the player. They can expect to compete with Liverpool who are holding dialogue with Varane’s camp as well.
Raphael Varane could’ve been a Red Devil in 2011
Alex Ferguson originally wanted to sign Varane in 2011, only to be outdueled by Zidane at the last minute.
“I hurtled down on the train from Euston to Lille to sign the young French defender Raphael Varane,” Ferguson penned in his 2015 book Leading.
“David Gill was getting into the finer points of the contract with Lens when Zinedine Zidane got wind of this and somehow scooped him up for Real Madrid from under our noses.”
United signed Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers instead.
Varane gives Solskjaer defensive options
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his fickle defense next term to return United to the glory days. United haven’t won the Premier League since the 2012/13 season, nor have they won the Champions League trophy since that iconic Solskjaer super-sub goal in 1999.
Varane is still one of the world’s best center-backs and has a lot of gas left in the tank. The Frenchman’s arrival also gives United options, allowing Varane to pair up with Harry Maguire as an alternative to Victor Lindelof.
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