Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been a longtime target for Manchester United manager José Mourinho and the Portuguese is ready to make a swift move to capture his signature when the summer transfer window begins.
The Frenchman has been an integral part of Zinedine Zidane’s team this season, forming a great understanding with his defensive partner Sergio Ramos at the centre-back of the pitch.
Just at 25, the young man still has a lot to offer and Mourinho believes he stands a chance to lure him to Old Trafford, considering the relationship they both shared during his time at the Spanish Capital.
It should be recalled that Mourinho was responsible for Varane’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014 after the former Porto manager bought him from Ligue 1 side Lens. Though he wasn’t a regular starter under Mourinho, the 25-year-old is presently an untouchable full-back for the Los Blancos.
He has featured in 39 matches so far this season but could be his last at Real Madrid due to Mourinho’s determination to acquire his services ahead of the 2018-19 season, according to Don Balon.
United’s defense lack quality throughout the campaign, with Smalling and Lindelof both playing below standards. It is believed that Mourinho has ordered the team’s board of directors to make a move worth £70m for the player’s signature.
Varane is a pacy, strong and attack-minded defender who would surely improve the Red Devils defensive abilities, should he eventually reunite with the Portuguese manager.