Varane talks stall
Real Madrid are struggling to tie down French international defender Raphael Varane with the player’s representatives demanding more money than Los Blancos are willing to offer.
“I am two days away from an international match with the national team, I am concentrating on that. I don’t want to answer that question on my future,” he said whilst away with the French national side.
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 10: Raphael Varane of Real Madrid CF attends a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match against Juventus at Valdebebas training ground on April 10, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Varane has been given the opportunity to speak conclusively about his future on a number of occasions this season but has failed to commit to the club verbally.
“For the future, it’s difficult to plan. Real Madrid is a very, very big club with great players. What’s important is that everyone plays their part in the team,” he said in September of 2020.
“When we won our titles, our Champions League, it was as a team, with 11 leaders on the pitch each time.”
Chelsea, United chase Varane
The clubs credited with interest in Varane have been Premier League pair Manchester United and Chelsea.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be on the lookout to add a marquee partner to Harry Maguire after consistent injury and performance issues with Victor Lindelöf and Eric Bailly.
Manchester United’s Harry Maguire (left) and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. (Photo by Paul Ellis/PA Images via Getty Images)
United are currently 14 points behind Manchester City with a game in hand seemingly with no hope of catching them in the remaining 9 fixtures. 32 goals conceded this season and the dropping of key points has cost them a title challenge which at one stage they seemed destined to be involved in.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been compensating for a lack of defensive quality under Tuchel by switching to a back 3. Should the German coach be able to bring in a centre-half of the quality of Varane, switching to a more offensive back 4 may be possible without losing significant defensive solidity.
It will cost both teams a reported €70 million to bring in the 27-year-old.