Real Madrid star Raphael Varane is set to announce his departure from the club after Euro 2020, it has been claimed. The France international is a top Manchester United transfer target. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side recently lodged a bid for the centre-back, 10 years after Sir Alex Ferguson first tried to bring him to Old Trafford.
And, now, Varane is primed to follow suit.
United recently lodged a £50million bid for the France international, with Real turning it down as they hold out for a fee in the region of £80m instead.
The 27-year-old, who is currently at Euro 2020, has just a year of his contract left to run – meaning the La Liga giants face the prospect of losing him for nothing next year.
United have admired Varane for over a decade, with Ferguson first attempting to land the defender back in the summer of 2011.
That ultimately didn’t happen, with the World Cup winner choosing a move to Real Madrid following an intervention from Zinedine Zidane.
Didier Deschamps’ side are in a tricky group containing defending champions Portugal, a Germany side they’ve already beaten and Hungary.
And if France go all the way to the final, United could find themselves waiting weeks for a potential breakthrough on talks.
Should Varane move to United, he’d become just the second player to do so since the turn of the millennium.
Angel Di Maria was the other, touching down from the La Liga titans back in the summer transfer window of 2014 after being deemed surplus to requirements.
On their day they can beat any team in the world, I just think they struggle to perform in the games where you’d expect them to win.
“Sometimes I think we were guilty of being a little bit short in midfield and the back-line has changed quite a lot throughout the season. Normally you have your two centre-halves set in stone and you build from there.
“Ole should be looking at three key areas where he can strengthen the first-team, and that’s with a new centre-back, a midfielder and a striker.
“The club needs to lose a few players as well, and I know that’s sometimes easier said than done, but they’ve got to make some room for new arrivals.
“They definitely need a strong midfielder to come in and play week-in and week-out.
I thought the club managed alright last season up-front but I’d still say they need a big name up there – especially for when someone like Anthony Martial isn’t fit.
“Whenever one of our attackers got the slightest knock, we really struggled. You’re looking around at the bench and thinking ‘where’s our Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?’ That player who can make a difference. There just needs to be a bit of strength in depth in that area.
“I probably went to every home game last season, and I have to say it was really disappointing at times.
“Away from home the team were fantastic, like they were playing with no fear, but at home they seemed to really struggle.
“We never really got our rhythm going; but if that changes, then it’s a completely different story. You’d hope the return of fans has a positive impact in those results at Old Trafford next season.”