Raphael Varane is prepared to consider leaving Real Madrid during the summer transfer window as he’s grown frustrated with being locked in the pecking order behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos, according to reports.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport, largely relaying information from Spain, claims that the France international could be open to listening to incoming offers in the coming weeks, with interest from Premier League juggernauts Chelsea and Manchester United at an all time high.
Only this morning was it reported that United have made enquiries about Varane and three of his teammates, Cristiano Ronaldo included, whilst Mourinho has reportedly been trying to strike a deal for a number of weeks.
Despite the fact that he’s widely registered as one of the most exciting talents in Europe, Varane has struggled for game-time at Real over the past two seasons and was only really a primary option during the latter stages on the last campaign because of Sergio Ramos’ move into midfield.
Time at Madrid
Initially used frequently by Mourinho during the Portuguese’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu helm, Varane wasn’t a preferred option for Carlo Ancelotti who instead relied on experience.
As a result the 22-year-old’s development has somewhat stalled at club level and a move away could be what’s needed to get his career at the highest level of the game back on track.
United or Chelsea?
Of the two options in the Premier League it could be argued that United would be better as he’ll be guaranteed an easier run to the first-team. The trio of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans were all unimpressive during Louis van Gaal’s maiden term at Old Trafford and the United boss is believed to be in the market for a new centre-half as a result.
He may not be the defensive general that Mats Hummels is, and he’s younger than both Evans and Smalling, but none can doubt Varane’s pedigree or his ambition to play for a top club.
Meanwhile Chelsea are another option, though the partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill, combined with the Blues boasting Kurt Zouma in reserve, makes breaking into the Stamford Bridge first-team a difficult prospect.
The speculation over Varane’s future could yet be water under the bridge if new Bernabeu boss Rafael Benitez can convince the youngster that he will be afforded more game-time under his stewardship, although even then Varane might consider the proposals coming his way if his club are prepared to entertain the offers on the table.
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