Chelsea have made a late attempt to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane despite his ‘imminent’ transfer to Man Utd, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire his number one target this summer after agreeing a fee to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford.
The Sun claimed on Friday that Man Utd deals for Varane and Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier were ‘all but done with announcements expected towards the end of next week’.
It is understood that the Red Devils will pay Real Madrid around £50m for Varane, who will sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford.
That news was promising for Man Utd supporters with a couple of negative stories appearing in the few days before The Sun exclusive.
One report said that Varane had ‘no problem’ waiting a year to move to Old Trafford, while another insisted United were ‘moving cautiously’ with the club ‘determined to avoid a repeat scenario’ of the Sergio Ramos situation in 2015.
And now a David Alonso, a reporter for Spanish website Onda Cero, backs up The Sun‘s story from Friday, claiming an agreement over Varane is “imminent”.
Alonso said: “As we have already advanced, Varane is close to Manchester United. The agreement is imminent. It is going to close in the next few days for about 50 million euros.”
🎴🎙️ Informa David Alonso
“Como ya avanzamos, Varane está cerca del Manchester United. El acuerdo es inminente”
“Se va a cerrar en los próximos días por unos 50 millones de euros”
— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) July 16, 2021
Although Spanish newspaper Marca add today that Chelsea have registered their interest late in the day as they attempt to hijack the Red Devils’ deal for Varane.
— MARCA (@marca) July 16, 2021
There is no hint that their late interest will sway Varane with the Real Madrid centre-back still expected to seal a deal to Old Trafford.
However, the Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to be very keen on bringing a centre-back to Stamford Bridge this summer, with Chelsea linked to Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba, among others.