Manchester United’s interest in signing Raphael Varane is reportedly growing with the French World Cup winner set to reject a new contract offer from Real Madrid.
That is according to the Manchester Evening News, and the reigning La Liga champions are reportedly willing to let the 27-year-old leave for a fee this summer, as opposed to losing him on a free transfer later down the line.
United legend Gary Neville is a big fan of Varane and described him as an “amazing player”, one who he ranks ahead of Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly remains keen to add another experienced centre-half to his squad, and Varane certainly fits the bill.
Varane is rated at £63 million and been an almost ever-present figure in Zinedine Zidane’s squad this season.
He has played in 24 of Madrid’s 25 La Liga fixtures to date and acquired an impressive average match rating of 7.13 by SofaScore this season.
Los Blancos have kept 11 clean sheets with Varane in the side, and Zidane’s men boast the third-best defensive record this season with 20 goals conceded in 25 matches.
United have been linked with Varane for a number of years, and Ed Woodward was reportedly ready to sanction a £100 million move for him after the World Cup.
But now it remains more important than ever for the Red Devils to sign a player of Varane’s calibre, which has been highlighted by their porous defence this season.
They have conceded 32 goals in 27 Premier League games to date, more than any other side in the top five at time of writing, and the established partnership between Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof has come under plenty of scrutiny.
There are also rumours that Eric Bailly could be tied down to a longer contract ahead of being sold for a higher price, which has all highlighted the need for increased stability in the defence.