Real Madrid is eyeing a reunion with Raphael Varane, as they face a defensive crisis with David Alaba’s season-ending injury.
Varane, who left Real Madrid for Manchester United in 2021, could provide a crucial solution to their shortage of fit central defenders.
Once a superstar at the Santiago Bernabeu, Varane’s move to Manchester United in the summer of 2021 was initially seen as a steal, with the Red Devils securing his services for £34 million.
However, the French international’s time at Old Trafford has been marred by limited playing minutes, fueling speculation about his desire to remain with the club.
With Varane having played only 431 minutes in the Premier League this season and his future uncertain, Real Madrid sees an opportunity to bring him back to address their defensive woes.
The recent injury to David Alaba, who joins Eder Militao on the sidelines, leaves Real Madrid with only two fit senior central defenders, Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez.
German journalist Christian Falk has reported Real Madrid’s interest in Varane, stating, “After the injury of David Alaba: Real Madrid is interested in Raphaël Varane (30).”
Varane’s contract with Manchester United is set to expire at the end of this season, with an option for the Red Devils to extend it by another year.
As one of the world’s top defenders during his tenure with Real Madrid, the potential return of Varane to the Bernabeu would depend on Manchester United’s willingness to part ways with him.