Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has revealed that Premier League side Manchester United have shown interest in signing the Frenchman.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a long time, more so since former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho took charge at Manchester United in 2016.
When talking to Spanish radio programme El Larguero (via AS), Varane stated he has never been officially contacted by United but the club have definitely shown an interest:
“No, not directly [from Mourinho]. There were contacts, but not directly.”
The French defender signed for Real Madrid in 2011 from RC Lens, with Mourinho being the one to pick him up in his second season in charge at the Spanish club.
Since signing for Real Madrid, Varane has (so far) made 134 appearances and has scored two goals. During this time, Varane has won two La Liga titles, a single Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de Espana, three UEFA Champions League trophies, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. Varane has also been included in the FIFPro World XI on three separate occasions.
Varane made his international debut in 2013, and went on to represent France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup but was unable to compete at EURO 2016 due to a thigh injury. He has scored two goals during his time playing for France.
For Manchester United, this would be a great signing to further bolster their defensive line in their bid to challenge for the Premier League title next season. Varane alongside Bailly would almost certainly be one of the strongest defensive partnerships in the Premier League, and having previous experience with Jose Mourinho will help Varane to fit in at Old Trafford very quickly, added on to the fact that fellow Frenchmen Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial also playing for the Red Devils.
It would seem as though the move would be down to Varane’s interest in signing for United, and if Real Madrid want to keep the 24-year-old or take the money. Talking of money, there has not been a reported fee as of yet, but considering Liverpool splashed out £75 million for former Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk, you would imagine that Varane would cost a similar amount.
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