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Why Varane’s Medical at United is Still Expected to be Delayed by More Than a Week Now

Raphael Varane, Manchester United

Finally, Raphael Varane is a Manchester United player. The Red Devils have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the Frenchman, but the deal will be officially concluded after the player completes his medical. According to BBC, the clubs have agreed to an initial fee of £34 and reach up to £42m after add-ons. It is said that Varane has agreed to a four-year contract with the option of extending it for 12 months.

Raphael Varane, Manchester United
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Manchester United confirmed the deal last week but the medical is getting delayed due to the procedures of the pandemic restrictions. It seems like the Red Devils don’t have respite even after fighting for the player’s signature all summer. Raphael Varane will be United’s third signing of the summer transfer window, after Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton.

After France’s exit from the Euro 2020, Varane returned to Madrid to produce negative test results for COVID-19. He needs to clear the COVID-19 test before he can join the Premier League giants. However, it is now being reported by Fabrizio Romano that Raphael Varane is set to become a Manchester United player officially this week.

The transfer guru tweeted that the World Cup-winning defender will fly to England on Monday to complete his move to Old Trafford. The medical and contract signing is scheduled for this week and then will come the official announcement. But, due to England’s Covid-19 protocols, he will need to undergo quarantine and that will again delay his link-up with the rest of the squad.

The outcome of this transfer has been extensively discussed by football pundits, all seem to agree on the fact that Varane would be a solid upgrade to Victor Lindelof and his stats certainly are proof of that. However, the Swedish defender is staying put at United as of now and his current contract runs till June 2024.

This has been highly anticipated by Manchester United fans and the prospect of Raphael Varane pairing up with captain Harry Maguire at the back is certainly giving them goosebumps. The words of Sir Alex Ferguson are echoing on the streets of Manchester after the entire Varane act – “Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team put forward brilliant performances last season as they finished second on the Premier League table. The arrivals of Sancho and Varane will boost the squad greatly and a title challenge can be expected from the team next season.

However, United still need a defensive midfielder to mount a successful title challenge. The likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Declan Rice, Ruben Neves, Leon Gore and Saul Niguez have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.

Camavinga’s qualities will provide the much-needed boost that United need and will also come relatively cheap in comparison to the other names. He also fits Ole’s requirement of young and high potential players, but his inexperience in the Premier League might be an obstacle.

Declan Rice is a ready-made option for the Red Devils but his high price tag might be an obstacle as United have already spent around £110m this summer and might not be willing to loosen their purse anymore.

Meanwhile, Ruben Neves would be a much cheaper alternative to Rice and is Premier League-proven. The issue with this transfer is that he is not the exact kind of player that United require, he is more of a CM rather than a DM.

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Saul Niguez is another attractive option for the Red Devils, he will come cheap if United can negotiate as the player wants to leave Atletico Madrid this summer. Even though he has not played in the PL before and is also not a proper DM, his versatility and experience will solve that problem.

Manchester United need to ponder over all the pros and cons before they make a move for any midfielder. We still have a month to go in the transfer window and Ole needs to make careful inspections on which player he should get. It’s now a game of time and patience.

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