Manchester United are set to make a formal offer for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane over the coming days.
What’s the story?
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils are closing in on the highly-rated 28-year-old, who is determined to leave the Bernabeu in search of a new challenge.
He tweeted: “Official bid from Man Utd for Raphaël Varane to be submitted in the next few days – Utd board ‘confident’, deal getting closer. Varane has an almost ready agreement on personal terms – he’s NOT extending with Real, he wants a new challenge. No other clubs in the race.”
Will Varane win a PL title at United?
Fans will be buzzing
News that the United hierarchy are set to make an imminent offer for Varane will surely leave the club’s supporters absolutely buzzing.
Signing a top-class partner for club captain Harry Maguire at the heart of defence is thought to be a top priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer, and the Old Trafford outfit will do just that if they can get this deal over the line.
Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe have failed to showcase their long-term credentials alongside Maguire over the last couple of years, meaning a new central defender is required ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Varane was first linked with a move to United 10 years ago, but chose Madrid instead and has gone on to establish himself as one of the world’s best players in his position.
Over the last decade, the France international has secured four Champions League crowns, three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and four FIFA Club World Cups in 360 appearances for the Spanish giants.
However, he’s reportedly ready for a new challenge in his career, and after entering the final year of his current contract, Madrid are prepared to sell him rather than lose one of their prized assets on a free transfer in 12 months’ time.
After securing the signature of former Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho following a lengthy pursuit, the addition of Varane would elevate United to even greater heights and pile the pressure on Solskjer to finally deliver some silverware next term.
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