Real Madrid are set to replace the outgoing Raphael Varane with Arsenal’s star defender, according to reports.
As per Spanish publication El Confidencial, the Los Blancos are ready to finally part ways with Raphael Varane, amidst interest from Manchester United.
Varane was signed for Real Madrid back in 2011 by none other than Jose Mourinho, who is believed to be a big fan of the young center back. The Frenchman thrived and developed rapidly under the Portuguese tactician whilst he was still in-charge of the Spanish giants, becoming one of the best young talents in world football.
However, the 23-year-old spent majority of last season on the Real Madrid bench, and was repeatedly left out of crucial games, after having fallen out of current manager Zinedine Zidane’s favour, and due to the fact that Zidane preferred the center-back pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos instead.
Varane has therefore, expressed a strong desire to leave the La Liga club, and the reigning European Champions have finally readied themselves to sell the France international this summer.
Manchester United are leading the race to acquire his services, as Jose Mourinho remains keen on a reunion between the two at Old Trafford. And despite the Red Devils completing the signing of Eric Bailly from Villarreal for £30 million earlier this summer, they may pursue Varane nonetheless, the report suggests.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have already identified a replacement for Raphael Varane if the youngster does leave the club.
According to Foot Mercato, Zidane is reluctant to let Varane leave, but if the player does move out in this transfer window, the Real Madrid and France legend will try to sign his fellow countryman, and Arsenal’s star defender Laurent Koscielny.
Zidane believes the 30-year-old to be the perfect candidate to challenge Pepe and Sergio Ramos for a starting spot, and will reportedly do what it takes to bring the Gunner to Santiago Bernabeu this summer.