Premier League sides Man United and Chelsea are said to be the two biggest clubs interested in the French defender but initially, the Old Trafford outfit were a little sceptical about making a move for him.
Now as per the latest reports, Manchester United have made Raphael Varane one of their priorities this summer, once they get Jadon Sancho onboard.
The Express cites The Athletic saying: “Manchester United initially thought Raphael Varane wouldn’t be an attainable transfer target, reports say. However, that stance has now changed with the Red Devils determined to sign the Real Madrid star.
“For the time being, Manchester United are focusing all their efforts on signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
“But they’re also keen to land a new defender amid doubts over Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe at the back.
“And The Athletic say that, originally, United had concerns about pursuing Varane despite his time at Real Madrid appearing to be winding down.”
Will Raphael Varane join Chelsea or Man United?
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has also been keeping tabs on Varane and with Fikayo Tomori and Christensen(probably) leaving this summer, there’s a big chance the Blues will make a move for the Real Madrid man.
But, this spiked interest from Man United is surely going to hinder their plans since, unlike Chelsea, Man United will be able to offer Raphael Varane a guaranteed spot in the first XI next season.
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Players like Bailly, Lindelof and Tuanzebe have all failed to impress so if the 28-year-old chooses a move to Manchester United then he can very easily become the long-term partner to Harry Maguire next season.
Raphael Varane has one more year left on his current deal and it’s pretty clear he is not eager to sign a new deal with Real Madrid. According to TransferMarkt, he is valued at £63 million, a price that should be enough to prize him out of the club.
Chelsea and Man United are both likely to go all out to try and sign the centre-back but we believe if the Blues can get their hands on Sergio Ramos, they might back pull the plug on this deal.