Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, with reports suggesting the player ‘wants’ to make the switch.
The 28-year-old was previously close to a move to Old Trafford back in 2011, before the then-teenager opted to join Los Blancos from RC Lens, where he has since gone on to win three La Liga titles as well as four Champions Leagues.
Arguably one of Europe’s top defenders, the French international has been a mainstay at the heart of the Madrid backline for a decade now, with much of that time spent forging an immense partnership alongside Sergio Ramos.
With the veteran Spaniard recently announcing his departure from the club, Varane could be set to follow suit this summer, as he enters into the final year of his existing deal.
Unsurprisingly, with Real Madrid said to be willing to cash in, a number of sides – including Chelsea, Man City and PSG – have all been linked with having an interest, though according to the Independent, the player himself ‘wants’ to make the move to Old Trafford.
The report suggests the player is ready for a new experience as he approaches the peak years of his career, with Manchester United viewing him as their first choice centre-back target.
With Madrid keen to avoid losing him for nothing in a years time, it should represent a fairly affordable deal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, although the Red Devils are said to be wary of overpaying on the player’s wages, with Varane set to demand around £400,000-a-week.
United are seemingly in need of a top class addition to their defensive ranks to slot in alongside captain Harry Maguire, both Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly failing to really impress on a consistent basis.
The club are also said to be keeping an eye on Villarreal and Spain defender Pau Torres should they not manage to secure top target Varane, the 24-year-old having impressed in the La Liga side’s Europa League triumph, including in the showpiece win over United.
The Red Devils are also seemingly edging closer to securing their first transfer of the summer, with the Jadon Sancho saga likely to come to an end sooner rather than later, reports suggesting a deal worth £77m is close to being agreed.