Manchester United are in contact with Real Madrid about their French centre-back Raphael Varane according to the well-connected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano. There’s no official bid yet submitted, however, and it’s not going to be a quick deal.
Manchester United are in contact with Real Madrid for Varane. No official bid yet – won’t be a “quick” deal. 🔴 #MUFC
Personal terms won’t be an issue – Real still hope to convince Varane to stay, but he wants to try something new. He’s on top of #MUFC list as CB since months.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 3, 2021
Personal terms, however, won’t be an issue. Madrid are still intent on retaining Varane’s services, but the player himself wants a new challenge and he’s top of United’s wish-list. Sergio Ramos, his partner at centre-back for so many years, has just left the Santiago Bernabeu upon the expiration of his contract. He’s expected to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Varane was a starter for the France during Euro 2020, a tournament his much-fancied side crashed out of by losing to Switzerland on penalties last Monday night. He was a key part of their World Cup-winning side, however, and has been at Madrid since joining from Lens a decade a go. Included in his trophy haul are three La Liga titles and four Champions League titles.