Why Paris Saint-Germain Signed Sergio Ramos Instead Of Raphael Varane

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Sergio Ramos has officially departed Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain but turns out he was not their initial target.

The Spaniard’s transfer to the French capital still feels like a vague fever dream, after having spent a significant chunk of his career as a Real player.

However, it was a transfer that would have not happened if it weren’t for Manchester United. According to Jorge Calabres (via MEN), the French outfit eyed a move for Ramos’ teammate Raphael Varane initially.

That is where the Red Devils stepped in and established their interest in Varane. Mauricio Pochettino’s side decided to sign the former Sevilla man instead because the France international preferred to make a switch to Old Trafford.

This just goes on to show the kind of stature United hold even today, despite their recent woes when it comes to silverware. Success has been scarce in the Red half of Manchester but the attraction it offers to big names of Europe still remains the same.

Moreover, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is building a promising squad with youngsters and well-seasoned players – a destination worthy of any name in world football. The high-profile centre-back would also find a top partner in defence in Harry Maguire.

Meanwhile, PSG are considering Paul Pogba as they hunt for a new midfielder. As per ESPN, the midfielder is yet to discuss a contract extension with the Old Trafford outfit and is interested in Pochettino’s project.

The Mancunians may have halted PSG’s advancements for the ex-Lens star, but the Ligue 1 giants could make up for it by luring Pogba away to Paris.

However, both clubs are interested in Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga, so the development in his situation may cause changes to the aforementioned scenario.