Satisfied with the performance of Harry Maguire, bought 87 million euros from Leicester City in the summer of 2019, Manchester United is much less than those of Swedish Victor Lindelöf. In this sector, recently extended, Eric Bailly appears to him more as a fallback solution than as an indisputable holder. Axel Tuanzebe, 23, is clearly a second choice, while Phil Jones has spent the season in the infirmary.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that the Red Devils need a couple of world-class signings this summer to join in the title fight, with a center-back as a priority. With this in mind, many avenues have recently been mentioned to strengthen the Mancunian defense: José Maria Giménez (26 years old, Atlético de Madrid, 2023), Jules Koundé (22 years old, Sevilla FC, 2024) and most recently Cristian Romero (23 years old, loaned to Atalanta with compulsory purchase option by Juventus) and Sven Botman (21, Lille, 2025).
Manchester United ready to put € 40m on the table
But the Mirror Understand that the number 1 choice of the Red Devils is called Raphaël Varane. The 2018 world champion will come to the end of his contract in Madrid in the summer of 2022. And if he does not extend, the Merengue club would be well inspired to sell him this summer. On July 1, Raphaël Varane will celebrate his ten years at Real Madrid. It is also during this period, after having gleaned 18 trophies, that he could decide to bid farewell to the Casa Blanca. Open secret, the 28-year-old player spoke of his desires elsewhere with his leaders.
According to the English media, Manchester United should make a first offer of 40 million pounds sterling (46 M €) to Real Madrid to try to secure the services of the French international to 73 caps (5 goals) this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s goal? Find something capable of serving as Harry Maguire’s trusted partner. United have tried to sign Varane several times in the past but are hopeful that this new marriage attempt will bear fruit.