Manchester United are ready to pay as much as £90m for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, claims a report.
United’s horrible start to the season has seen them linked with numerous new defenders.
They conceded three times at home to Crystal Palace and twice against Brighton. United were then humiliated in a 6-1 loss to Tottenham at Old Trafford last weekend.
The club spent £80m on Harry Maguire last summer but there have been major question marks over his partnerships with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly. While Maguire’s own form of late has been wobbly, to say the least.
Don Balon have now picked up the story and claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be armed with €100m next summer to try an lure Varane from the Bernabeu.
That will not be easy though and the source say Zinedine Zidane will resist all offers for the classy centre-back.
United are also willing to offer the player an “exorbitant salary” but the player is not considering leaving Spain just yet. That could well change though if Varane cannot agree a new deal this season.
The Frenchman’s contract expires in 2022 and Los Blancos will be looking to tie down the defender on another long-term deal this season. Otherwise they could risk losing the player for free in June 2022.
The 27-year-old made 32 appearances last season and he has started all four LaLiga games to date and is clearly a favourite of Zidane’s.
To make Varane a real target next summer would be an ambitious move from United. They are however desperate to bring some experience and knowhow to their back four.
Varane certainly has that with a World Cup, four Champions League titles and three La Liga titles to his name.