Chelsea have entered the race to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to reports.
It was a race Manchester United seemed to be winning, with the Frenchman heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
The Manchester Evening News reported last week that United are on the verge of a deal with Varane, but, according to Marca (via football.london), Chelsea are holding on to the World Cup-winning center-back.
If the Blues managed to strike a deal for the 28-year-old, it would have echoes of the summer of 2015, when they signed Pedro from Barcelona, ââapparently under United’s noses.
While Varane should be available at a relatively low price, given he only has one year left to complete his contract at the Bernabeu, it must be said that United’s need to strengthen in the center of defense is greater. to that of Chelsea.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof can be a great first-choice couple in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s four-backs, but with injury-prone Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe linked with a estrangement – and Phil Jones (yes, he’s still there. ) having not featured for almost 18 months – the lack of depth could be a big problem, especially if United want to fight for the title next season.
Thomas Tuchel, on the other hand, can call on Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta for his three favorite full-backs. The addition of Varane, as long as he is one of the best in the world in his post, would it not be a bit superfluous?
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