Raphael Varane talks ‘advanced’ with Manchester United as Real Madrid do not expect renewal
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Varane ‘advanced with United’
Manchester United could be on the brink of a major defensive coup this summer.
It was revealed by a Spanish-based journalist Jose Alvarez that United have reached an advanced stage in talks with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
🚨 EXCLUSIVA de @10JoseAlvarez 🚨
‼️”VARANE lo tiene muy AVANZADO con el UNITED”
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) April 15, 2021
The French international has been in discussions with Los Blancos over a new deal to extend his contract beyond 2023, however it seems as though these have Not been successful.
United have been on the look out for a defensive partner for Harry Maguire after struggles with Victor Lindelöf and Eric Bailly’s fitness.
Varane has become one of the most notable defenders in Europe and lifted many titles since his move to Madrid from Lens in 2011.
What has Varane said?
Back in September, Varane was asked about his future the Frenchman admitted that it was difficult to know now what his future would hold.
“For the future, it’s difficult to plan. Real Madrid is a very, very big club with great players. What’s important is that everyone plays their part in the team,” he said.
“When we won our titles, our Champions League, it was as a team, with 11 leaders on the pitch each time.”
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 10: Raphael Varane of Real Madrid CF attends a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match against Juventus at Valdebebas training ground on April 10, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
When asked ahead of the most recent international break, the 27-year-old was very dismissive about the subject, but in so doing did not confirm that he would be remaining with Real.
“I am two days away from an international match with the national team, I am concentrating on that. I don’t want to answer that question on my future.”
Should Manchester United be able to pull off the signing of the defender, it is likely to cost some serious money but would provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team with a world-class centre-half.