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Man Utd in talks over second Real Madrid star after Raphael Varane transfer

Man Utd in talks over second Real Madrid star after Raphael Varane transfer

At just 21, the winger has notched more than 100 appearances for the mighty Madrid, with end product and goal-scoring the main elements of his game.

Last term, he only managed six goals in all competitions despite being a first-team regular.

With Carlo Ancelotti re-entering the fray in the Spanish capital, the Brazilian may have his work cut out gaining regular first-team minutes sporting those numbers, as seasoned pros like Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema line-up alongside him.

Regardless, his limitless potential is clear to see and if Madrid are indeed keen to offload him, someone would surely make them an offer.

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Man Utd to confirm £68m Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier double deal ‘next week’

Man Utd to confirm £68m Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier double deal 'next week'

Manchester United are reportedly close to completing the double signing of La Liga defenders Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier.  The Old Trafford hierarchy have been able to crack on with transfer plans this week after all but securing a £73million deal for Jadon Sancho. 

England winger Sancho will officially sign for United once a medical has been finalised. 

Bos Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted at least two or three new arrivals this summer to help bridge the gap between themselves and rivals Manchester City.  

The Norwegian guided United to a second-placed finish last term but they were 12 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s side.  

And United notably conceded more goals over the course of the campaign (44) than any of their other top four finishers.

Solskjaer has identified a couple of key areas that he wants to improve and has clearly moved early in the transfer window to complete his first-choice XI. 

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Real Madrid defender Varane is expected to fill that void and is a genuinely world-class addition to Solskjaer’s ranks.  

The France defender would likely cost around £50m, which would take another large chunk out of the club’s transfer budget after the big-money deal for Sancho. 

Meanwhile, versatile full-back Trippier is believed to be close to arriving from Atletico Madrid. 

Trippier would provide some welcomed competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

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Wan-Bissaka was a £50m signing from Crystal Palace in 2019 and has performed well in his two campaigns, particularly improving his end product.  

However, there is a feeling at United that he could move to the next level by having the same competition for his place that prompted Luke Shaw’s improved displays.  

Trippier can also provide back-up to Shaw at left-back, although Alex Telles would be likelier to step up in the absence of the England Euro 2020 final scorer.  

The new signings will leave a couple of fringe players uncertain about the futures. 

Full-back Brandon Williams will be pushed down to Solskjaer’s third choice right-back and fourth choice right back after the arrival of Trippier. 

Williams, 20, played 36 matches during his debut campaign in 2019-20 but featured just 14 times last season.  

Only four of those appearances in 2020-21 came in the Premier League.  

The academy graduate has been linked with a loan move to Southampton but nothing seems close to being confirmed.  

Meanwhile, the signing of Varane could lead to the departure of Axel Tuanzebe, who has also struggled for game time. 

Tuanzebe has also been rumoured to be heading out on a temporary basis but more recent suggestions have discussed United potentially wanting to cash in on the 23-year-old. 

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Man Utd sent Raphael Varane warning after ‘shaky’ France performance vs Hungary

Man Utd sent Raphael Varane warning after ‘shaky’ France performance vs Hungary

Manchester United’s pursuit of Raphael Varane has been on the cards for a few months, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to land a world-class centre-back to partner Harry Maguire next season. Throughout the transfer links the question has always been ‘can they land him?’. But after France’s 1-1 draw with Hungary on Saturday, maybe it should now be ‘should they want him?’

Varane’s quality has rarely been questioned amid a sterling 10-year stint with Real Madrid. He’s won four Champions League titles, three La Ligas and the Copa del Rey. He played a significant part in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph.

Yet all of that was forgotten on a humid afternoon in Budapest. With rumours continuing to swirl over his future at club level, Varane endured a difficult game against Hungary, who were presumed by everyone to be the Group F whipping boys.

Hungary kept Portugal quiet for 84 minutes on Tuesday before Cristiano Ronaldo helped the defending champions plunder three goals in the closing stages, and they went one better against France.

While it won’t be the biggest takeaway from a memorable performance from Hungary, Varane’s display won’t be lost on United’s hierarchy.

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United are long-standing fans of Varane and have twice tried to sign the 28-year-old defender. They are reportedly willing to splash significant money to finally land him this summer and, while he clearly has credit in the bank, recency bias could still play a part in undermining a potential move to Old Trafford.

Varane’s apparent uncomfortableness began early in Budapest. After just three minutes he was drawn out to the right-hand side where he fouled the impressive Roland Sallai with a clumsy tackle which gave away a dangerous free-kick.

He was perhaps fortunate to avoid a yellow card and from the resulting set piece it didn’t get much better, with Varane losing his man and running into Endre Botka, who went down claiming a penalty.

France settled and dominated proceedings for the rest of the first half – right up until the decisive moment came in the 46th minute.

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The ball was switched to left-wingback Attila Fiola, who headed it in-field to Sallai. Varane got too tight to his man and Sallai’s touch took the ball in behind France right-back Benjamin Pavard.

Fiola raced onto the loose ball and charged into the box to beat Hugo Lloris at his near post. The goal sparked wild celebrations in the Hungarian capital, but recriminations for France’s sloppy defending began immediately.

Watching the replay on the BBC’s coverage, co-commentator Jermaine Jenas said: “Just here, Varane is late in that challenge – and when Attila Fiola gets it, he’s got one thought in his mind, to drive into the box to make Varane make a tough decision.

“He can’t bring him down now. He composes himself and sticks it away.”

At half-time it fell to Alan Shearer to provide the analysis and the former England striker was more critical of Pavard than Varane.

“He goes behind Pavard too easily,” he said.

“He gives and goes and he can’t keep up with him. And before Varane realises, it’s too late, he cannot foul him. It’s a great position for him to be in and he wasn’t phased at all.

“He’s got five yards on him there, because he’s slow on the turn, Pavard. But when he gets in there it’s a magnificent finish.”

There was a more typical moment for Varane to come, with the centre-back getting in the perfect position at the near post after 60 minutes to cut out Laszlo Kleinheisler’s dangerous cross as the game opened up.

But minutes later he was looking suspect once again. With Andras Schafer on his shoulder, the French defender took the decision to slice the ball into touch, prompting another observation from Jenas.

“He’s looked a bit shaky at times, Raphael Varane,” he said.

“He was sluggish on the turn. From a defender of his quality, that’s panicking. Just knock it back to your goalkeeper.”

Antoine Griezmann scored the equaliser for France, but the favourites could not force a winner. The last chance fell to none other than Varane, who lept high but failed to put his header on target with the last touch of the match.

The moment summed up a game to forget for the Real Madrid man, who faces a big decision about his future in the coming weeks.

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Man Utd set for Raphael Varane transfer duel with PSG as target heads for Real Madrid exit

Man Utd set for Raphael Varane transfer duel with PSG as target heads for Real Madrid exit

Madrid have already partly addressed the situation by signing David Alaba from Bayern Munich, but are keen to maximise their return for Varana as they look to offset their huge debts, which are thought to stand at around £770million.

Real president Florentino Perez has already stated that the club will have to sell if they are to finance any major signings later in the summer.

And Kylian Mbappe is still a player of interest to the Bernabeu board, with PSG likely to demand a huge fee for the France forward.

However, both United and PSG find themselves in a game of cat-and-mouse with Madrid, with both interested clubs knowing that Varane is out of contract, and potentially available for free, next summer.

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Man Utd have five-man centre-back transfer shortlist as talks held with Raphael Varane

Man Utd have five-man centre-back transfer shortlist as talks held with Raphael Varane
Manchester United have drawn up a five-man shortlist of centre-halves as they look to strengthen the centre of their defence for next season in hope of challenging for the Premier League title.
Despite finishing second, the Red Devils leaked 44 goals in the 2020-21 Premier League season, 12 more than champions Manchester City and eight more than they conceded in the previous campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a top-class partner for captain Harry Maguire in order to ensure United can properly compete with their Manchester neighbours and also go deeper into the Champions League next term.

And United are currently assessing their options as they determine which target to prioritise in the upcoming summer window.

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is among the candidates they are canvassing and their interest in him is such that talks are being held with his representatives.

The France international, who will represent his country at Euro 2020 this summer, is out of contract in 12 months’ time with Real Madrid.

That means the vastly-experienced 27-year-old, who has spent a decade at the Bernabeu, might be available on the cheap as a result.

He could be available for as little as £40million it has been suggested and per the Manchester Evening News, United and the French defender’s team are in contact with one another.

Yet the same report says Varane is only one of five players on United’s shortlist of centre-back options.

Another is Villarreal’s Spain international Pau Torres, who like Varane will take part in this summer’s international tournament after being called up by Luis Enrique.

Torres goes head-to-head with United on Wednesday night in the final of the Europa League in Gdansk, Poland.

The MEN say while there has been no recent contact, Torres is being looked at and United will use the final as an audition for the defender, who is under contract until 2024 but has a £50million release clause in his deal.

Manchester City also like Torres but it’s said his future is unlikely to be decided until after the Euros, which begin on June 11 and will be concluded a month later on July 11.

Axel Tuanzebe meanwhile is only signed up until the summer of 2022 but the club have an option to extend his agreement by an extra 12 months, which will prevent them from needing to sell in the coming months.

Legendary former United midfielder Paul Scholes, however, would like to Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos brought to Old Trafford.

“It would be great to have a left-footed centre back but I don’t think it’s needed,” he told the Webby and O’Neill show on YouTube.

“I don’t think we are desperate for that. I would like to see a centre-half come in next to Maguire. I think Lindelof is doing alright, I just think alright isn’t good enough to win a league.

“Marquinhos from PSG, I think he’s be a brilliant centre-half next to Maguire but again you’re talking about a lot of money.”

The 27-year-old Brazilian, under contract until 2024 in the capital of France, is not thought to be an active target for United despite his obvious quality.

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Man Utd 'to make £40m Raphael Varane transfer bid' as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands signing

Man Utd 'to make £40m Raphael Varane transfer bid' as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands signing
Manchester United are preparing to make a £40million bid to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports. United are intent on signing a top-class central defender this summer and have now decided Varane is the best option available to them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were always going to be on the lookout for a centre-back when the summer transfer market opens on June 9.

But Thursday’s 4-2 defeat by Liverpool at Old Trafford has underlined the team’s weakness in central defence.

Solskjaer was forced to field Victor Lindelof alongside Eric Bailly, with captain Harry Maguire out injured after picking up an ankle injury in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The hosts were shaky at the back, with Roberto Fimino scoring twice and further strikes from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah securing Liverpool’s first win at Old Trafford for seven years.

United have been linked with Varane on several occasions and narrowly missed out on signing him from Lens in 2011, with the Frenchman joining Real instead.

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However, Varane is about to enter the final year of his Los Blancos contract, giving United confidence they can finally land their man.

According to the Mirror, the club have now settled on Varane as their number one target to partner Maguire next season and are readying a £40m bid.

It is claimed that Solskjaer has personally told United chiefs that he wants the defender signed in the summer.

The World Cup winner with France in 2018 has enjoyed a trophy-laden decade with Real but has reportedly told the club that he wants a new challenge.

The 27-year-old has made 40 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season, helping Real reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and sit second in La Liga, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with two games left.

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The Manchester Evening News have previously reported that the Spanish giants offered Varane the club captaincy in a bid to hold on to him.

But with Real’s debt at £775m (€901m), with a net debt of £305m (€355m), the contract on the table is not in line with the club’s highest earners.

Real president Florentino Perez recently admitted to El Larguero that ‘some players will have to be sold’ and ‘if someone does not want to be [at Real Madrid], then they leave’.

While Varane has now emerged as their top target, United have been linked to other defenders in recent weeks.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and Cristian Romero, who is currently on loan at Atalanta from Juventus, have all been linked with moves.

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Chelsea 'jump ahead' of Man Utd in Varane transfer race with PSG also keen

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Chelsea have reportedly ‘jumped ahead’ of Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

The 28-year-old defender is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract at the Bernabeu this summer and is still debating his future.

Varane is a key player under boss Zinedine Zidane but Madrid could be forced to cash in if they cannot convinced him to pen fresh terms before the start of next season.

Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on the French World Cup winner, who is facing extra competition for his place at Madrid next season amid the expected arrival of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba on a free transfer.

Chelsea are keen on signing Raphael Varane ahead of Man Utd and PSG
Chelsea are keen on signing Raphael Varane ahead of Man Utd and PSG

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Varane is not convinced his future lay at Madrid beyond the end of his current deal, with Chelsea now prepared to fork out £61million to land his services.

That could give the Blues the upper hand in the race over the likes of United, who are being careful with their spending and may see Varane as an expensive outlay they cannot stretch to in the current climate.

United are currently in the process of trying to tie down Eric Bailly to a new contract and the club are thought to be prioritising other areas of their squad to strengthen.

They could instead focus their efforts on signing Sergio Ramos, who is out of contract this summer.

PSG represent a significant threat to Chelsea’s hopes of landing Varane, who could welcome a return to his home country.

While Thomas Tuchel needs no convincing of Varane’s quality, he will be able to witness his talents at close quarters when the teams meet in the Champions League semi-final starting this week.

Varane missed both legs of Madrid’s quarter-final victory over Liverpool due to testing positive for coronavirus but has been back in action for their last two domestic fixtures.

Man Utd and Chelsea on transfer red alert as Raphael Varane gives fresh update

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Man Utd and Chelsea on transfer red alert as Raphael Varane gives fresh update

Chelsea and Manchester United transfer target Raphael Varane has declared his future as being ‘clear’, leaving the Premier League clubs on alert.

The Real Madrid defender is yet to seal a new deal with Los Blancos, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, despite it soon entering its final year.

Varane is contracted at the Bernabeu until June 2022 and several reports have linked the 28-year-old with a move away, with a switch to the Premier League considered most likely.

Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain are also keen, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

Madrid could be keen to cash in on the Frenchman in a bid to raise funds for an expensive summer, which could see them target Varane’s countryman Kylian Mbappe.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Varane is valued at £61m by the La Liga giants and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has expressed an interest.

Man United could also be tempted as they seek a long-term partner to £80m Harry Maguire.

However, Varane has said that he is concentrating on finishing the season with Zinedine Zidane’s side, who sit two points behind local rivals Atletico Madrid in the La Liga table with five matches remaining.

They are level on 71 points with Barcelona.

“My future is clear,” Varane said, as reported by Romano. “I am focused on the end of this season. We are in a very intense and key moment.”

Varane has enjoyed a trophy-laden 10 years in Madrid, where he joined from Lens for around £8m in 2011.

He has won three La Liga titles, with the latest coming last season, and was involved in each of Madrid’s four recent Champions League successes.

Also a key part of the France squad, he lifted the World Cup in 2018 alongside several possible future teammates, including Man United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.

There have also been three Supercopa titles and a single Copa del Rey in 2014.

But he could now exit as part of a summer revamp at the Bernabeu. Madrid need to raise funds if they are to sign Mbappe from PSG and complete the expected arrival of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who would sign on a free contract.

Long-serving captain Sergio Ramos will also leave at the end of the campaign after 16 years at the club.

Varane is set to feature against Chelsea in tomorrow’s Champions League semi-final first leg, to be played at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid star Raphael Varane tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Liverpool clash

Real Madrid star Raphael Varane tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Liverpool clash
Real Madrid star Raphael Varane has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of tonight’s game with Liverpool. The France international was due to feature in that match. But that won’t be happening.
Real Madrid are in Champions League action against Liverpool tonight.

And, now, Los Blancos have confirmed Varane has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of that showdown.

“Real Madrid CF informs that our player Raphaël Varane has given a positive result in the COVID-19 test that has been carried out this morning,” they said on Twitter.

Varane had been expected to start at the back for the reigning La Liga champions.

But Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez are primed to start instead, with Sergio Ramos also sidelined.

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“I also saw Jurgen Klopp, but then a coach has its own system. I believe he has a very specific way of training.

“He’s a great coach. He has the experience and the work he has done. Everyone has their own way.

“I looked at all the technicians and saw a lot of things about him when he was doing the course. I’m not going to copy him but you learn and I learned from him.”

Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not out for revenge against Real Madrid, who beat them in the 2018 Champions League final.

“My motivation is the highest level because it is the Champions League and we want to go to the next round,” he said.

“We play Real Madrid and it has nothing to do with 2018, but when we got the draw and it was the first time we played Real Madrid since then of course I remembered the game.

“I said after the game that if someone asked me a week or a month later if I would invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday I would have said no. Meanwhile, I would think about it again.

“He’s a great footballer but I didn’t like what happened that night.

“It was a strange night for us, but it’s long ago and I cannot get that feeling, that anger, back so I don’t even try.

“What I try is to prepare my team for tomorrow to show how good we are. In a strange and difficult season for us we want to show how good we are and if we are better than Real Madrid or score more goals then we go to the next round and if not then it is Real Madrid. It is pretty easy.”