Real Madrid is reportedly considering a January move for Manchester United defender Raphael Varane, prompted by a severe knee injury to David Alaba, as per Sport (page 20).
Currently facing an injury crisis with both Alaba and Eder Militao sidelined with long-term injuries, Real Madrid has limited options in the central defense position, with Antonio Rudiger and Nacho being the only fit senior defenders.
While Aurelien Tchouameni can act as a makeshift center-back, Sport suggests that Los Blancos might explore the possibility of re-signing Varane from United in the upcoming year.
Varane’s contract with United expires at the end of the season, and recent months have seen him spending more time on the bench.
Reports indicate that United could be willing to sell him for approximately €20 million.
Despite being out of favor under manager Erik ten Hag for several weeks, Varane’s situation changed following injuries to Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
He delivered a standout performance in the 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and continued with a man-of-the-match display against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.
The World Cup-winning defender showcased his world-class abilities, recording 15 clearances and a 100% success rate in aerial duels.
Given this turnaround and the current injury list, it seems unlikely that United will agree to Varane’s sale in January.
The club may opt to retain him until the summer, delaying a decision on his future.
Varane’s existing contract expires in June next year, but United holds the option to extend it for an additional 12 months.
Triggering the extension clause before the New Year would provide the club with more time to evaluate the defender’s role.