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Manchester United make a decision on Raphael Varane’s future at Old Trafford

A free agent of Varane’s calibre will have top European clubs scrambling to entice him away from United, where his heart indeed does lie, as he was reportedly willing to lower his salary for a new contract.

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French defender Raphael Varane has been an integral part of Erik ten Hag’s team for the past season and a half, especially last.

Varane will be out of contract this June and speculation after speculation have followed his future, especially after links to Saudi clubs.

The French centre-back joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in 2021 for a reported fee of £41 million and is now one of the club’s highest earners. The 30-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, picks up a whopping £340,000-per week.

This huge salary is part of the decision why United hierarchy have allegedly decided to let go of the World Cup winner. This is according to a report by Fichajes who report they have decided to let Varane go to bring down the club’s extraordinarily high wage bill.

As such, Varane’s future remains in doubt as it was also recently reported that the club was willing to offer him a new contract with a lowered salary, and he would have signed it no doubt.

This is in reference to Varane’s recent remarks where he mentioned he was only willing to retire at one of the clubs he has played for which include RC Lens, Real Madrid and of course Manchester United.

It has been reported multiple times that lots of Saudi clubs are interested in the 4-time Champions League winner but considering his quality and sparkling resume, it is very unlikely he will end up at Saudi, especially considering he is still only 31.

On that note, it stands to reason that multiple European clubs will be after Varane’s signature if United indeed decide to let him go.

A free agent of Varane’s calibre will have top European clubs scrambling to entice him away from United, where his heart indeed does lie, as he was reportedly willing to lower his salary for a new contract.

 

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