Contract negotiations between Raphael Varane and Real Madrid have not progressed well, so the club may have to sell the Frenchman this summer rather than losing him for free next year.
Varane will only have one year left on his contract this summer if he doesn’t sign an extension anytime soon. This should attract several big European clubs.
Juventus are said to be one of the interested sides, but the Serie A holders will not find it easy as Manchester United are set to join the race, according to Transfer market.
Manchester United ready to pay € 70m to land Varane ahead of Juventus
Manchester United have always wanted to sign Raphael Varane but never quite managed to lure the Frenchman to Old Trafford. When the defender joined Real Madrid in 2011, the Red Devils were among the clubs who missed him.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need some defensive solidity and according to Calciomercato they are ready to pay € 70million to beat Juventus and Varane field. The 27-year-old has had a very successful career at the Santiago Bernabeu and may be looking for a new challenge.
Manchester United and Juventus are attractive destinations, but given Manchester United’s performances in recent times, they might be the best option.
Unlike Juventus, Manchester United are no longer in the transition period and are perhaps one or two signings away before closing the gap on Manchester City and fighting for the title. Solskjaer needs a better defender, and Varane fits the bill.
The Frenchman is arguably better than the current generation of defenders at Manchester United. If he signs for them, he will likely be paired with Harry Maguire in the back.
Varane has pace, an excellent defensive level and an excellent distribution and could forge a good partnership with Maguire.
A royalty of 70 million euros is steep, but there may be a need to land someone of Varane’s caliber. Juventus have an aging backline and will provide tough competition to Manchester United for the Frenchman.