Man Utd ‘have planned first Raphael Varane bid’ as details on Real Madrid offer emerge

Varane: All you need to know about Man Utd-linked defender

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Manchester United have planned an initial bid for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, according to reports. The France international is a top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And now, a decade after Sir Alex Ferguson first tried to bring him to the Premier League, a deal appears to be on the cards.

Manchester United have already signed Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton so far this summer.

And they’re now hopeful Varane will follow the pair to Old Trafford, with confidence growing behind the scenes.

United have admired the 28-year-old for a decade, with Ferguson first trying to snap him up back in 2011.

Over the past few days, speculation surrounding a deal has intensified – with Real now bracing themselves for another big-name departure having already lost Sergio Ramos.

And Spanish newspaper AS have claimed United have now planned an opening offer.

It’s claimed they’re willing to pay £35million up front, with an extra £4m then coming in the form of bonuses.

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However, while that’s the case, it seems Real are holding out for more.

The report adds that the La Liga titans would prefer to bank a fee of £60m to let the World Cup winner leave, a fee they feel they’re entitled to because of his status as one of the best centre-backs in world football.

But, as things stand, Varane moving to United looks on.

And, should the deal get over the line as expected, Solskjaer will deploy him alongside Harry Maguire at the back next term.

For three players, at least, that would be bad news.

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Victor Lindelof has regularly partnered Maguire over the course of Solskjaer’s reign but may now have to accept spending more time on the bench.

Eric Bailly signed a new contract in May because he was assured he’d get plenty of opportunities.

But any deal for Varane will make the Ivory Coast international the club’s fourth-choice centre-back, meaning a departure is definitely possible.

And the impending arrival of the Real Madrid star would also further restrict Axel Tuanzebe’s chances of getting a starting berth.

Speaking recently, meanwhile, Luke Chadwick had his say on Varane.

And he endorsed his old side’s interest in the Frenchman, saying: “If you could pick any centre half in the world to go and partner Harry Maguire, it would be Varane.

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“He’s an absolute Rolls Royce of a player, you don’t win the amount of trophies he’s had without an incredible mentality.

“Varane’s another player who’s never played in the Premier League, so it depends if it’s the financial incentive, or that playing opportunity that means more to him.”

Chadwick also expressed a belief United should target Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski, too.

“Without a shadow of a doubt,” he said on the idea of United moving for Lewandowski.

“The man’s record in the game is undeniable.

“It’s quite surprising after the last two seasons he’s had with Bayern that he’s looking to move, but similarly to [Harry] Kane he’s not getting any younger; it might be his last opportunity to come and play in the Premier League, the best league in the world.

“I’m sure all the big hitters in the Premier League will be looking at him.

“He’d be a great signing for United, we’ve mentioned [Erling] Haaland and Kane, but he’s the other one who’d really offer that volume of goals that are realistic targets.

“He’s certainly another number nine who could add something to any squad, and would give United that X-factor to help them win trophies.”

“If he is available, I’m sure United would be interested and would try and be involved if a bidding war takes off.”

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