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Manchester United Showing Interest In Recruiting This French Defender: Decent Fit For Solskjaer?

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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo has mentioned that Manchester United are showing interest in recruiting Raphael Varane this summer. However, it is believed that the Red Devils could face competition in the form of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in pursuit of his services at the end of this season (via Mundo Deportivo).

Varane’s Excellent Form In League Football This Season

Varane has once again performed at a high level for Los Blancos this season after putting in a series of commanding displays at the centre of Zinedine Zidane’s defence. The French defensive ace has made 38 appearances for the Madrid giants this term, netting two goals in the process across all fronts.

The Lille-born centre-half has enjoyed a decent run of form on the defensive third of the field as he is averaging 0.7 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 3.7 clearances per 90 minutes in this La Liga campaign. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball out from the back, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of  89.5% in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

The 28-year-old is playing at his peak at the moment, so he could immediately improve the quality of Man United’s defensive department if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can find a way to get him on board in this off-season.

Manchester United showing interest in recruiting 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

Will Varane Be A Good Fit For The Red Devils?

Varane has enough pace under his belt to make a few important recovering runs inside his half. He is often quick to deal with the danger and can time his challenges well to secure the ball back for his side. Standing at 1.91m, the 73-time France international can use his strong frame to dominate the opposition in the air. Therefore, someone of Varane’s quality will be a massive coup for the Mancunian giants if they can arrange a move to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams during this summer transfer window.

The Real Madrid star will bolster Solskjaer’s defensive options significantly and could form a commanding defensive partnership with Harry Maguire at Old Trafford. The likes of Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly have struggled to find consistency with their performances this season, so Varane would be an upgrade over them as he will be a guaranteed starter in Solskjaer’s first-team for the next few seasons.

At 28, Varane has still got plenty of years left in him to play at top gear. Hence, Solskjaer can expect to make the most out of his services in the coming years. With all things considered, the France international will be a decent fit for the Red Devils as he could help them end their long wait for a Premier League title.

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