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Manchester United Eager To Seal A Move For This French Defender: Right Choice For Solskjaer?

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In a recent print edition, Marca has claimed that Manchester United are eager to seal a move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, who could be available for around €50m this summer. It has been reported that the Red Devils want to land the French centre-back, who could be open to a move to the Premier League at the end of this campaign (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Varane’s Solid Season At The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

The 27-year-old is having another impressive season under Zinedine Zidane’s stewardship as he has been responsible for producing a series of commanding displays at the centre of the Real Madrid backline. Varane has found the back of the net twice in 36 appearances for Los Blancos this term in all competitions.

More importantly, the French talent has given a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field by averaging 0.7 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 3.7 clearances per game in this La Liga campaign. He has also taken care of the ball when distributing possession out from the back after completing 89.1% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Varane’s current contract with the Madrid giants is set to expire at the end of next season, so Zidane would do well recoup €50m from him during this summer transfer window or else risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

Manchester United are eager to seal a move for Varane who is seen in the picture
March 20, 2021, Madrid, Spain: Raphael Varane of Real Madrid during the Spanish Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and Real Club Celta de Vigo at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid, Spain. Madrid Spain – ZUMAd159 20210320_zia_d159_039 Copyright: xIndirax

Is Varane The Right Choice For The Red Devils?

Varane can use his quickness to make some important recovering runs at the back. He is often quick to react to the danger and can time his tackles well to earn possession back for his side. The French sensation has also got a great leap in him and can use his strong 1.91m frame to dominate his penalty area with authority and conviction which makes him a decent choice for a top club like Man United this summer.

Varane will undeniably be an upgrade over Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe at Old Trafford. The Real Madrid star is still considered by many as one of the best centre-halves in European football, so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can expect the French powerhouse to add a lot of quality to his defensive department at Old Trafford in this off-season.

Varane has won a lot of major trophies with Los Blancos, so this summer could be an ideal time for him to switch clubs in search of a new adventure. He will bring a winning mindset to the Man United dressing room and could help the Red Devils challenge for some silverware in the coming seasons. With all things considered, Varane will be an excellent option for the Mancunian giants to consider ahead of the new season.

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