According to Sport, Raphael Varane has ‘given his word’ to Manchester United regarding a possible summer move. And that could put the Red Devils in a win-win situation.

The Sun has relayed claims from Spain that the French centre-back wants an Old Trafford switch. So it will be interesting to see what happens in the weeks ahead.

Hopefully, United strike a deal with Real Madrid for Varane before September. Yet there is an alternative option that could be even more attractive – at least for the money-men at Old Trafford.

If Varane really is hell-bent on a United move, he could agree a pre-contract in January then sit out the final few months of his contract in La Liga.

Real will not want that, while United won’t want to wait. As a result, a deal may be struck in the weeks ahead. However, it does put United in an interesting position.

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Of course, this all depends on what Varane really wants.

Some United fans remain convinced this is an attempt to get a better contract at his current club. And it wouldn’t be the first time the Red Devils have been used as leverage by the world’s elite stars.


But Varane is a boyhood United fan who idolises Rio Ferdinand and this feels different.

Two bites at the cherry

United should go all out to sign Varane this summer. He is one of the missing pieces in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s jigsaw.

His arrival, hot on the heels of Jadon Sancho, would also be a huge statement of intent.

But this is a player seemingly seeking a fresh start and, if he has to see out his contract, it won’t rule United out of the race. On the contrary, he could arrive for nothing more than a signing-on fee.

This is a story with a few more twists to take. Yet the World Cup winner has all the balls in his court. So here’s hoping he really is desperate to pull on a United shirt.

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