Raphael Varane is ready to quit Real Madrid and wants a move to Manchester United to begin a ‘new Phase’ in his glittering career.
According to the Independent, Raphael Varane wants a transfer this summer with Manchester United, his destination of choice. The World Cup winner is ready to ask Real Madrid to sanction a transfer away, as Varane seeks a new challenge in his career by playing in the Premier League.
Of late, Manchester United have become known for long, tiring player chases in the transfer window. The Jadon Sancho saga seems to have run its course, with the clubs reportedly close to an agreement, and United could be blessed with more good news. Another of their long-term target, Raphael Varane, is seemingly seeking a move to Old Trafford.
Varane has featured many times on United’s list of centre-half targets. It began when he was at the heart of a Real Madrid side conquering Europe season after season. However, things have gone in a different direction in Madrid, with the club in a massive transition state.
Varane does not want to sacrifice his prime years at a club in the middle of a re-build. The French international also feels the need to test himself in a league that interests him. At 28 years, Varane has a lot more to offer, despite being at Madrid for the best part of nine years now, making over 350 appearances.
During this time at Real Madrid, Varane won all kinds of honours, including four Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles and the FIFA World Cup with France as well. His value skyrocketed in this span. Madrid have been chasing his signature over an extension to his contract, which expires next summer.
After his refusal to extend though, Manchester United are hopeful of finally getting their man this window at a discounted price. Real are looking at some top-notch targets such as Kylian Mbappe and desperately need funds to make such moves happen. In this scenario, Madrid must cut Varane loose for a nominal price.
Alternatively, Madrid could ask for a higher transfer fee while running the risk of Varane leaving for free next summer. The other problem could be his reported £400,000-a-week wage demands. United are wary of paying such excessive wages to players, especially after their torrid experience with Alexis Sanchez in recent years.
However, Varane could be the player they can bet on, after consistent performances for Madrid and France in all these years. United may take up the chance of signing an expensive player at a low price but with high wages. If United pass up the opportunity, Paris Saint-Germain wait in the wings with their arms wide open for the Frenchman.