Raphael Varane confirms contact with Manchester United over potential summer move

by Leo Nieboer

Raphael Varane has confirmed that Manchester United have made contact over his representatives over a potential move to Old Trafford in the summer.

The Frenchman, who was brought to the Bernabeu by Jose Mourinho back in 2011, has been on the 55-year-old’s radar ever since he joined Man United.

United will look to add defensive reinforcements over the summer, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones potentially heading for the exit door, and have expressed interest in Samuel Umtiti and Toby Alderweireld.

And when asked whether the club had been in touch with him recently over a potential move, Varane said: “No, not directly. There were contacts, but not directly.”

Varane falls into a category of superb players – Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Arturo Vidal are other examples – who always seem to be tenuously linked with United without anything ever coming close to materialising.

Prizing Varane away from a side that, in spite of their La Liga troubles this season, still knows more about navigating the Champions League than anyone else would be difficult – especially when the alternative is playing for a team that capitulated against a La Liga opponent be probably views with the same disinterest as we do with, say, Newcastle United.

That said, should Mourinho follow through with his transfer plans in the summer and dispense with Smalling and Jones, then he will be guaranteed a regular place alongside Eric Bailly.

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