Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
What’s the story?
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in recent weeks after failing to agree terms on a new contract.
With Varane’s current deal set to expire in the summer of 2022, Los Blancos are keen to cash in while they can and they had reportedly set an asking price of £60 million.
Solskjaer will be delighted
The latest revelation over the future of Varane should give United fresh hope in their pursuit of the World Cup-winning centre-back and it will surely leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delighted.
A new partner for Harry Maguire in the heart of defence has long been talked about as a priority for the Red Devils, with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly both failing to convince that they are the long-term answer.
While progress was certainly made by United last season, there was still a significant gap between themselves and the eventual champions Manchester City, highlighting the progress that still needs to be made.
Acquiring one of the world’s best players in his position would undoubtedly showcase the ambition and potential of Solskjaer’s side for 2021/22.
With Liverpool already addressing their own defensive frailties by bringing in Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, Champions League winners Chelsea placing a bid for Achraf Hakimi and Premier League champions Manchester City sure to sign a Sergio Aguero replacement, United can’t afford to not strengthen significantly this summer.
The Old Trafford outfit conceded 12 more goals than City in the top-flight last season and eight more than Chelsea, although the addition of one man cannot be expected to bridge such a sizeable gap, Varane would surely made a considerable difference.
United will be hoping this latest report edges the £150,000-per-week monster towards the Bernabeu exit door as they attempt to plot their way back to the summit of English football.
The news that he’s set to be available for a reasonable price of just £43m should delight Solskjaer and he should be pushing the powers-that-be at United to get a deal done.