Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is considering a move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports from Spain.
Jose Mourinho, who brought Varane to the Bernabeu during his time as Madrid boss back in 2011, approached the Frenchman over a potential move last summer.
Varane later explained that he turned the move down after speaking with manager Zinedine Zidane, who considered him central to his plans at the time.
However, with Zidane now reportedly willing to let the 24-year-old leave, Don Balon has reported that Varane will consider re-uniting with Mourinho at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman, even to this day, enjoys a strong relationship with Mourinho. The 54-year-old set in motion the process that elevated Varane from Ligue 1 regular to unstoppable world beater, and you can hardly put a price on that (probably, like, £75m actually). He now has three Champions League medals – equalling, somewhat depressingly, Man United’s all-time total.
And with Champions League football now attractively lingering on the horizon at Old Trafford, Varane may now feel that, having conquered everything in Spain, this summer serves as the right time to test himself in the Premier League – not just to boost his credentials further by succeeding in a completely different environment, but indeed as a way of supplementing his superb defensive technique with greater levels of grittiness and nous.