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Is Raphaël Varane set to leave Real Madrid for Man United?

According to tribalfootball, [team 3468] are ready to let the world cup winning defender leave with [league 8] side [team 14] favourites to sign him.

The Manchester Evening News reports that [player 95807] has entered the final 18 months of his current deal with the Spanish giants and would be permitted to leave the club for free next summer if he fails to agree on new terms with the club.

However, Real Madrid are unconfident about Varane’s commitment and would rather cash in on him instead of allowing him to leave as a free agent next summer.

On the player’s side, Varane believes that he is not offered the wages he thinks he deserves. The wages Los Blancos have offered him are much lower than some of the highest-paid players in the Real Madrid squad.

Varane’s is one of Real Madrid’s most consistent player and a potential captain after [player 184941]. However, if a few other big clubs come in with more suitable offers for him, he would consider moving away from Spain.

After [team 8]’s bad season, they have also been linked with Varane along with his long-term followers and Liverpool’s archest rivals, Manchester United. The red devils are reportedly the favourites for Varane’s signature. However, a few other European heavyweights such as [team 591] and [team 6] are also in the race for the 25-year-old defender.

Why Manchester United need Varane?

Manchester United’s defensive improvement under [coach 524307] has been impressive. [player 2884]’s big-money move was questioned all around the globe, but his impact overall has been positive. Over the last couple of years, Maguire has established a strong partnership with [player 160206]. This partnership has grown and now looks good, with both being comfortable in possession. Eric Bailly’s injury issues have restricted him to push for a starting place, but the partnership between Maguire and Lindelöf has been consistent.

However, this partnership does possess a serious weakness that let Manchester United down in various games when they came up against counter-attacking teams. With the lack of pace between the two, they are not capable of defending two vs two at the back. As a result, United have struggled against counter-attacking teams on various occasions.

[player 1849] is the type of defender that allows United’s full-backs to move forward because of his turn of pace. Whenever Bailly has come in for the odd game alongside Maguire, the partnership has worked. This is massively due to the balance between the two of them.

Overall, we understand that United’s main weakness is the lack of pace in the centre half positions. Lindelöf and Maguire are both good, but a bit too similar, and a quick, powerful defender could be helpful for Ole’s side.

What will Varane add to this United side?

As explained above, A quick and robust partner to Maguire will make United’s defence solid. Bailly has all the capabilities to be that guy. However, his inconsistent fitness record is pushing United to enter the market.

Varane is a fast and stable defender who reads the game well. His pace allows his backline to play higher up the pitch against low-block set-ups. As a result, the full-back of his side can go a few extra yards higher to assist the attack. This way, United not only get defensively stronger, but they also become a more aggressive outfit from an attacking perspective.

Besides, his ability to score from set-piece will be a bonus to the side. With Lindelof, that is not the case. In possession, his passing has hardly ever gone wrong for club and country over the years. Still only 25 years old, he has won the [league 732], 4 [league 2] titles, and 3 [league 564] titles. In total, Varane has won 18 major honours during his time at Madrid.

After a highly successful spell in Spain, maybe its time for him to take a new challenge. A move to a more competitive league and another giant club would be exciting. However, there are still chances of him agreeing to a contract with his current club but that depends if Real Madrid are willing to pay him his asking price. As far as reports are concerned, that is unlikely to happen.

With the Frenchman’s contract running down and the unlikeness of him signing the extension has led to multiple clubs’ interest but do Man United need him?

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