Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane recently and the Frenchman could be a serious upgrade to Nuno Santo’s defence should he join the club this summer.
Although the 28-year-old looks to be on the verge of joining Manchester United this window, journalist Duncan Castles has claimed on the Transfer Window Podcast that Spurs are also keen on signing him.
If Spurs were able to convince the World Cup-winner to make the switch to North London this summer, they would be getting a player with a vast amount of experience at the very top, as he has won 19 trophies in his career with Real Madrid and France.
Spurs’ defence let them down on a number of occasions last season, with the likes of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez proving themselves to be far too error-prone, whilst Toby Alderweireld looks past his best and is reportedly keen on leaving the club this summer.
Therefore, defensive additions are a must if Santo’s side are to challenge for a top-four spot in the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, and there look to be few better options than Varane, especially with Madrid seemingly wanting to get rid.
Last season saw the centre-back make 31 appearances in La Liga for Los Blancos, scoring two goals and averaging a solid 6.85 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This is better than every Spurs centre-back other than Alderweireld managed last season, so it seems clear that Varane would be a serious upgrade on the options currently available at the North London club.
Real Madrid teammate Eden Hazard was full of praise for Varane last summer, saying:
“Then you have Raphael Varane. I’ve come across some fantastic defenders during my career, such as John Terry and Vincent Kompany.
“I think that although [Varane] is still young, he’s already one of the best centre-backs of all time. His partnership with Sergio Ramos is wonderful.”
Therefore, if there is any possibility that Spurs can hijack Manchester United’s deal for Varane then they should try and do so, as it would significantly improve their defensive options ahead of the new campaign.
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