In 2011, Manchester United came close to signing the French defender before Real Madrid swooped in and now there is talk of him being available once more, the reds would surely be interested again. Varane has struggled to feature for Madrid this season, falling behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the pecking order.
Stories have subsequently emerged about his availability, surprisingly pricing him as low as £19m. It would certainly represent a bargain but seems unlikely to be true in an age of grossly over-inflated transfer fees. That said, Madrid’s transfer policy often surprises and it would not be without precedent.
The 21-year-old would be an excellent signing and is widely regarded as being among the best young talents in Europe. Physically imposing, fast and strong, he has the ideal attributes to adapt to the Premier League. His tackling and positional sense is astute, and like others on this list, is confident and assured in possession.
Against him is the fact he remains so raw. Despite playing regularly for Madrid for the past three seasons and featuring for France since 2013, his game still needs development, and he lacks experience. He possesses immense ability but it would be another young player in an already youthful defence. While he would significantly improve the team, the absence of leadership, experience and organisation, so sorely lacking this season, would not be addressed.
What are the chances of signing him?
If reports are to be believed, then he could be available and at a relatively low price.
Chelsea are said to be very interested, which would be no surprise considering John Terry’s age and Mourinho’s previous ties with the player.
Even if Madrid agree to sell him, there would be strong competition for one of Europe’s most promising young talents. United evidently have the financial muscle to compete and could offer regular first-team football, a proposal several others, including Chelsea, may not be able to match.