Manchester United target and Real Madrid defender Varane on duty with France (c) Raphael Varane Twitter

Should Real Madrid part ways with Raphael Varane this year?

Raphael Varane’s future at Real Madrid has been a topic of transfer speculation of late, with his contract expiring in 2022.

With Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos both missing for Real Madrid in recent matches, Raphael Varane has been the stand-in captain and standout performer. His incredible work at the back has helped the Whites keep four clean sheets in five matches in all competitions. However, the Frenchman’s situation at the club has been a subject of speculation.

Varane’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires in June 2022 and it is being said that his renewal will be a complicated affair. In order to stay at the club, the World Cup winner must take a pay cut to help the financially affected side. But with Manchester United interested in his services, the centre-back may leave the club as early as this summer.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move worth 86 million euros for the Real Madrid vice-captain. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a worthy enough partner to Harry Maguire in his backline and believes Varane will be the perfect addition.

Eric Bailly’s fitness and Victor Lindelof’s aerial abilities are a cause for concern, which make the France international an ideal target for Manchester United. However, the question remains- should Real Madrid let go of the 27-year-old or not?

Given that Sergio Ramos’ contract situation at the Spanish capital is nearly sorted, Los Blancos can breathe a bit easily. Varane though, is far from being a player as important as Ramos. Having said that, his recent upturn in form must not shed water on his poor performances in the past, especially beside inexperienced players like Eder Militao.

Raphael Varane is no doubt a terrific defender, but he is one who is prone to errors, when he is not next to a player who is equally resilient. Although his performances with the national side have been applaudable, the defender struggles to anchor the backline and more often than not, the task at Madrid is handed to Nacho Fernandez or Ramos.

With both players older than Varane, the Frenchman will have to pick up the duties of leading the backline, which he has not done in nearly a decade at the Spanish capital. Should Madrid cash-in on a sum of 86 million euros, they will be able to sign almost any of Europe’s prime defenders, including Pau Torres, who is touted to be the next big thing.

Moreover, a sale to Manchester United would not cause much harm to Real Madrid. The Red Devils are far from a direct rival for the Merengues. Their squad is not at a calibre required for winning the Champions League, neither do they share any domestic competitions with the Whites, which would have made them a club to reckon.

In hindsight, Varane’s sale may be a blessing in disguise for Real Madrid. He will probably be offered a contract renewal in Spain itself, but 86 million euros may be too good a figure to deny even for a club like the 13-time European champions.