Raphael Varane for £19m? Seems like a good buy, right? Well Manchester United and Chelsea seem to think so, with both clubs understood to be chasing the 21-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.
While the Blues have decent options at the back, it’s fair to say that Louis van Gaal’s are… well, not quite up to scratch. So here are FIVE reasons getting Varane is a must for United…
At 21, Raphael Varane is certainly one for the future… even though football fans across Europe have been aware of him for a few years now! The Frenchman is already a classy performer despite his relative lack of experience, so logic would dictate that he’s certain to get even better… barring a serious injury.
A deal for the defender this January or at the end of the season could provide United with a top class enforcer for the next ten years.
Tyler Blackett or Varane? Easy question! With injuries having rather forced Louis van Gaal’s hand in terms of his defensive options, it’s fair to say that many of the options used at centre-back by United this term have not quite been suitable.
Varane would be a genuine upgrade on the likes of Blackett, Paddy McNair, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, or just about every star LVG has at his disposal.
Considering that Dejan Lovren cost £20m, £19m for Varane seems like the biggest no-brainer around. The now Liverpool defender has made more errors than any other centre-back in the Premier League and with his valuation it’s reasonable to suggest that Real’s man is a bargain.
When you also take his future potential, such a sum looks to be a wise long-term investment.
“I think he is the best young central defender in the world. Already I think he’s the best,
“A young player must be somebody who plays in the World Cup for the first time.
“These are players like Hazard, Neymar and Rafa Varane. Maybe I forget some others.”
The words of Jose Mourinho. ‘Nuff said.
Tying in to the last point, saving cash on a centre-back would give Louis van Gaal more wiggle room in terms of getting in a defensive midfielder in. Even though money seems to be no object at Old Trafford, with Champions League qualification far from a certainty, saving the pennies could be wise. Plus the likes of Kevin Strootman, Arturo Vidal, or any other top class targets, are set to cost around £30m-£40m.