It has been claimed that Real Madrid has no intention of trying to get Raphael Varane back from Manchester United before the January transfer window closes.
Due to severe knee injuries, Los Blancos are now without the services of two crucial centre backs, David Alaba and Eder Militao.
While Alaba had his ACL injury late in the previous year and would miss the whole of the 2023–24 season, Militao has been gone since August.
Real Madrid is said to have explored transferring a center-back earlier this month, and in recent days, there have been rumours that the team is considering a late bid for Varane.
The La Liga powerhouses won’t be making a last-minute bid for Varane, however, according to Defensa Central. The team is content to stick with its present center-back options as Militao nears a comeback.
Between 2011 and 2021, the 30-year-old played with Los Blancos, making 360 appearances across all competitions and taking home three La Liga crowns, one Copa del Rey, and four Champions League medals.
Since moving to Old Trafford, Varane has made 82 appearances for Manchester United, including 19 appearances in all competitions in the 2023–24 season.
The Frenchman’s contract is only good until the end of June, so there is some question about his future. He did, however, miss some time with the team earlier this season.
Although Manchester United chose not to activate his contract extension, rumours have it that the team is eager to talk to him about a new agreement at a lower price.
Varane may have the opportunity to go to Saudi Arabia on a free transfer this summer, where he might earn a substantial salary. It is reported that the Saudi Pro League is interested in him.
Another centre defender for Manchester United whose contract expires at the end of June is Jonny Evans. The futures of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are also up in the air.
This summer, the Red Devils are anticipated to make a bid for at least one centre defender, but if both Varane and Evans go, two will probably be needed.
Aurelien Tchouameni, a centre midfielder, is the cover in that area of the field, while Nacho and Antonio Rudiger are Real Madrid’s current first-team centre backs.