Real Madrid is reportedly considering a January move for Manchester United defender Raphael Varane due to a significant knee injury to David Alaba, according to Sport (page 20).
The European champions are currently grappling with an injury crisis, with both Alaba and Eder Militao facing long-term absences.
With Antonio Rudiger and Nacho as the only fit senior central defenders, Aurelien Tchouameni may need to step in as a makeshift center-back when necessary.
Sport suggests that Real Madrid could explore the possibility of re-signing Varane from United at the beginning of the next year.
Varane, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has recently found himself on the bench under manager Erik ten Hag.
However, injuries to Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have altered the situation. Despite being out of favor for several weeks, Varane showcased his prowess with a remarkable performance against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League, following a start in the 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
His standout display included 15 clearances and a 100% success rate in aerial duels from the left centre-back position.
Although reports suggest that United might consider selling Varane for around €20 million, it appears unlikely, given his recent form and the team’s injury concerns.
The club is expected to retain him at least until the summer, after which a decision about his future will be made.
Varane’s current deal expires in June next year, but United holds the option to extend it for an additional 12 months, a move likely to be considered before the New Year.