Manchester United have reportedly been given ‘encouragement’ that Raphael Varane is keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer, although the Red Devils want his £60million asking price lowered.
The France World Cup winner almost joined United from Lens back in 2011, but Zinedine Zidane intervened on Real’s behalf to convince the defender to head to the Bernabeu instead. The rest has been history, with Varane winning the Champions League four times in 10 years in Spain.
Varane has a year remaining on his current Real deal and has shown little sign of penning an extension. If that situation continues then the LaLiga giants will have little choice but to sell.
With that in mind, Zidane’s men are hoping to pocket around £60m from a sale this summer.
But that figure is too steep for a United side who are still in the market for a new partner for Harry Maguire.
The report states that a fee more in the region of £45m could do the trick for a player who has yet to reach his prime.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a quicker centre-back partner for Maguire to allow United to press further up the pitch and Varane fits the bill.
Victor Lindelof has had another solid campaign but is still occasionally found wanting.
Eric Bailly, meanwhile, is edging towards an exit after failing to convince Solskjaer he is worth a regualr place.
Chadwick calls on United to sign Tottenham star
Meanwhile, former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick feels one player above all others should be lured to Old Trafford this summer.
United have enjoyed a solid season and are on track to qualify for the Champions League. With seven games to go, they sit second and are nine points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea. A title tilt seems beyond Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, as table-topping rivals Manchester City are 11 points better off. Therefore thoughts will turn to next season and the way to bridge the gap to Pep Guardiola’s men.
And Chadwick, who made 39 appearances for the Red Devils, has identified the area of the pitch that needs addressing.
“Where United have maybe fallen short is having that goal-scorer – I think Rashford and Fernandes are the top scorers – but there’s no one in this squad getting maybe 25 league goals a season,” he told Caughtoffside.
“If they had that in the squad I think they’d be there or thereabouts and really competing with Man City.”
Chadwick believes that the core of the United side is solid. But the former MK Dons midfielder is adamant that the club’s hierarchy should move mountains to try and sign one man.
“Harry Kane is one of the few players in the world who you’d do everything possible and break the bank to get him,” he added. “You look at the United squad and there’s maybe six or seven players there who are irreplaceable.
“But other than that if there’s someone who’s not playing week in, week out and you’ve got a chance to bring Harry Kane in then you do everything possible to be able to do that.
“Kane would be that missing piece of the jigsaw – someone who guarantees a lot of goals and someone who could lead you to a Premier League title.”