03/08/2021; 3:19 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Manchester United will have to wait just a little longer before Raphael Varane can join the squad practice sessions. Right as the Red Devils signed a contract with Real Madrid, Varane had to postpone his travel plans.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been desperately searching for a centre-back to partner with Harry Maguire all season. And as soon as Varane went up for sale this transfer window, United went all out to secure the deal.
The Devils agreed to pay a £43 million transfer fee along with additional benefits, and Varane agreed to the terms. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to reach Old Trafford anytime soon due to visa troubles.
The 28-year-old will have to endure mandatory quarantine upon arrival, post which the medical can be scheduled. This means Varane won’t be available for at least another week, which could spell trouble for Solksjaer since the Premier League kicks off on August 15.
The management would have liked Varane to be available before the start of the season, especially since United takes on Everton this weekend. Things have not gone according to plan so far as United’s pre-season friendly against Preston North End was cancelled at the last minute.
The upcoming game against Everton in the final warm-up before the season kicks off. Manchester United has huge plans for this transfer window and has already signed Jadon Sancho. While the club failed to recruit the England International star in the last season, they managed to rope him in this time for £73 million.
Several other transfers are on the cards, as Solksjaer plans to recruit a right-back and a defensive midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window. While the Red Devils need a striker, they face a budget constraint after spending £110 million on Sancho and Varane combined.
While Erling Haaland and Harry Kane are out of the equation, The Devils are currently monitoring Kieran Trippier and Eduardo Camavinga.
The Devils conceded 44 goals during Premier League 2020/21, which accounts for 31% of the team’s total. With Varane and Maguire on the team, Solksjaer is confident of drastically reducing that number this year.
Apart from Varane, United also brought Eric Ramsay from Chelsea, who is tasked with coaching every player individually while modulating the side’s training around set-plays. If United plans to finish the season at the top of the table, they must concede fewer goals.
For reference, Pep Guardiola’s boys conceded exactly 22 goals in the last season, accounting for 21% of the team total. Varane experience as a centre-back will help the Devils improve their on-field performance. Varane’s aerial prowess is a boon. The player placed seventh in La Liga last year for winning 75.3% of 97 duels.