Raphael Varane transfer saga may be reaching its final act as Real Madrid and Man United have intensified talks over a €45m deal. France international has been with the Los Blancos for ten years now, having arrived from Ligue 1 club Lens in 2011.
One of the most accomplished centre-backs of the modern era, Varane has laid his hands on every trophy he has contested for with La Liga giants while also winning the FIFA World Cup with Les Bleus in 2018.
Having entered the final year of his deal with Los Blancos, Raphael has decided not to sign an extension as he wishes to test himself in a new challenge. Alerted by the development, Red Devils, who have been admirers of the 28-year-old defender from well before he signed for Real Madrid, have acted swiftly to try and secure a transfer.
Man United need a new central defender this summer as the Norwegian manager seeks a reliable, long-term partner for club captain Harry Maguire. Both Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have proven to be inconsistent and injury-prone, more so in the case of the latter, while Phil Jones is no longer a part of the coach’s plans.
With there being the possibility of Axel Tuanzebe heading out on loan, a new centre-half becomes a necessary addition for Man United, with Varane emerging as the top priority. Talks over a transfer have been ongoing for a while with Los Blancos, but a resolution is yet to be arrived upon, despite reports claiming contrarily in the recent past.