Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has already given his opinion on ‘fantastic’ Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Madrid have offered him new terms, including the club captaincy, but Varane, who is out of contract next summer, does not feel the offer is in line with some of his high-earning team-mates’ wages.
With Madrid struggling with massive debt and trying to finance a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, they could be forced to cash in on Varane this summer, rather than lose him for nothing in 2022.
The 27-year-old centre-back is a long-term transfer target of United, who were ready to sanction a £100million deal after he helped France win the World Cup in 2018.
United are keen to recruit a top-quality, experienced player to partner Harry Maguire in central defence and could move for Varane at the end of the season.
Varane , who joined Madrid from Lens for €10m in 2011, has won 71 caps for France and started all seven of their games during their triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign.
United midfielder Pogba is the same age as Varane and his international career has mirrored the Madrid defender’s, with both players making their debuts in 2013 and playing important roles in France’s victory in Russia three years ago.
Varane was asked about Pogba in the summer of 2019, when Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was courting the United midfielder, and he was full of praise for his international team-mate.
“I think we have a team. Pogba is a good player, I know him very well. For any team he would be fantastic,” Varane said. “I trust my team-mates. If new players come, we’ll see. I trust my team-mates.”
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Pogba’s move to Real in 2019 never came to fruition, with Madrid having already shelled out around £300m that summer to sign Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo.
Pogba’s future at United beyond this summer remains far from certain, but the possibility of linking up with Varane at club level – in Manchester, rather than Madrid – could prove tempting.