According to news reports, Manchester United are looking to sign a central defender in the summer transfer window with Raphael Varane topping their wish-list.
Manchester United have turned their fortune around since the departure of Jose Mourinho in mid-December. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as interim manager has led to players realizing their full potential and putting up eye-catching performances consistently.
The air of uncertainty and negativity that shrouded the club has been replaced by confidence; the players look happier than ever.
The disciplined duo of Matic and Herrera combined with the creativity of Paul Pogba has solved United’s midfield problem completely. Up front, the pace and directness of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Jesse Lingard have reaped havoc on opposition defenses.
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The only thing still left wanting is defensive stability. The Red Devils have been in somewhat of a defensive crisis all through the post-Ferguson era.
Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester United have identified Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane as their top target for the summer transfer window.
A World Cup winning member of the French team, Raphael Varane, still just 25, has became one of the most coveted centre-backs in the world with his performances for Real Madrid and France.
Raphael Varane, who has won 4 Champions League titles with Los Blancos, had been linked with a move to Old Trafford before this as well but the move never materialized.
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Manchester United have the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Toby Alderweireld, and Harry Maguire in their wish-list as well and it will be interesting to see who ends up in the Red jersey of United after the summer transfer window.
United’s injury prone defensive duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling never nearly realized their potential and both have failed to impress fans and pundits in their time at the club.
Victor Lindelof has been rock-solid in the recent past at the heart of United’s defence. However, United have still conceded chances to opponents and have been saved time and time again by the heroics of David de Gea even under their new interim manager.
Former United defender Wes Brown also believes that bringing in Varane is the right move for the club. He was quoted as saying:
“The dream defender for United would be Rafael Varane. He would cost a lot and it would need to be the right fit for United. It’s difficult to say as United have a lot of defenders to choose from, and Solskjaer will want players to justify their positions on the pitch.”
As of now, United are in dire need of a world-class centre-back to sort out their defense and must make new signings if they want to become title contenders once again.