Despite my earnest efforts to ensure His happiness at Old Trafford, it appears that matters are not proceeding as planned with Him. Erik Ten Hag has ultimately decided to release a £50 million essential player in January after the player fell out of position with the organization.According to reports, Marseille are interested in acquiring Raphael Varane, a center-back for Manchester United, during the January transfer window.During the summer of 2021, the 30-year-old completed a sensational transfer from Real Madrid to Old Trafford, coinciding with the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Red Devils.
Since then, Varane has appeared in 75 games for Manchester United across all competitions, scoring twice, and contributed to the 2022-23 EFL Cup victory for Erik ten Hag’s squad.
The defender was a pillar of his national team until March 2023, when he retired from international football. He was a member of the France squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Foot01, a French news outlet, reports that Marseille has included Varane of Manchester United on a shortlist of potential New Year’s acquisitions.
OM, presently in ninth place in the Ligue 1, are striving to reestablish themselves in the top three of the standings under the direction of Italian Gennaro Gattuso.
According to the report, Marseille are reportedly interested in signing Varane during the January transfer window in order to acquire a high-caliber central defender.
Additionally, it is believed that Leo Ostigard, a 24-year-old defender for Napoli, has been included on the shortlist of prospective incomings by Gattuso’s squad. Ostigard has continued to excel in Naples this season.
Former Brighton & Hove Albion player Luciano Spalletti led Napoli to their first Scudetto of the twenty-first century with seven league appearances during the club’s Serie A championship campaign. His impact was minimal.Varane, a former Real Madrid defender, has made eight Premier League appearances for Manchester United this season, with his sole strike coming in August during a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Notwithstanding the considerable attention received from Marseille, it is widely speculated that the Frenchman would rather remain at Old Trafford until the January transfer window concludes.
Due to the fact that Varane’s contract with Manchester United expires at the end of the 2024-25 season, the Red Devils have no pressing reason to sell the center-back for a transfer fee.
Ten Hag opted for a defensive partnership consisting of Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire over Varane in Saturday night’s 1-0 Premier League loss at Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United.
However, according to reports, the defender is determined to regain the respect of the Dutch head coach and resume his regular status in the first team at Old Trafford.
Manchester United hosts Chelsea on Wednesday evening and relegation-threatened Bournemouth visit town on Saturday; therefore, should Ten Hag choose to rotate his starting lineup, Varane could make his debut in one of those contests.
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