Manchester United is reportedly open to offers for defender Raphael Varane during the January transfer window. There’s growing speculation that Varane could be headed to the Saudi Pro League as interest mounts from the PIF-owned clubs, including the likes of Al Ahli, Al Hilal, Al Nassr, and Al Ittihad.
According to reports from CaughtOffside, United’s stance is that a suitable bid for Varane would be considered. The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Al Nassr nearly a year ago paved the way for more high-profile moves to Saudi Arabia, and Varane could be the next name to join that list.
In a twist to the ongoing speculation around United’s defensive line-up, it appears Harry Maguire is set to remain at Old Trafford. Initially thought to be the likely candidate for a transfer, Maguire seems determined to stay and prove his worth under Erik ten Hag’s leadership.
On the other hand, Varane, a solid contributor to the team since his arrival from Real Madrid, has indicated his openness to new experiences, potentially away from the Premier League.
Manchester United is already looking ahead to bolster their defense in 2024, targeting a younger generation of center-backs to eventually take the reins.
CaughtOffside reports several players on United’s radar, including Goncalo Inacio, Antonio Silva, Edmond Tapsoba, and Marc Guehi. Yet, it’s Jean-Clair Todibo of Nice who emerges as the prime target. With a close eye on Todibo for some time, United might consider a move for him, with his club purportedly setting a price tag of around £44million.
While Chelsea has also been associated with an interest in Todibo, the report suggests that, as of now, there are no concrete developments from the Stamford Bridge side. United, meanwhile, are contemplating their options as they look to rejuvenate their squad.