- Raphael Varane joined Spanish club Real Madrid in 2011 from French side Lens
- Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson failed in his pursuit to sign the player before retiring
- Latest reports have it that the Red Devils are considering a bid for the French player
Manchester United failed in their bid to land Raphael Varane under Alex Ferguson in 2011 as they ended up signing Phil Jones, but after more than 9 years, the Red Devils are back to sign the French star.
Despite spending a staggering £80million on a centre-back Harry Maguire last season, the Premier League club are still interested in signing an experienced defender.
The huge fee spent in bringing Maguire to the Old Trafford was inevitable after refusing to sack Jose Mourinho as manager the previous season.
United claimed they were prepared to spend £100m on a centre half if the ideal target was available.
And a senior official at the club mentioned Varane, but mere mention of the name seemed to have attracted utmost rejection by the then manager Jose Mourinho.
It was Jones whom United turned to after Zinedine Zidane's 11th hour intervention with an 18-year-old Varane in 2011.
Ferguson wrote in Leading in 2015 as cited in Manchester Evening News:
"I hurtled down on the train from Euston to Lille to sign the young French defender Raphael Varane.
"David Gill was getting into the finer points of the contract with Lens when Zinedine Zidane got wind of this and somehow scooped him up for Real Madrid from under our noses."
And almost a decade later, United are said to be interested in the 27-year-old as he also enters the final 18 months of his existing contract with Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona saw Brazilian playmaker Neymar leave the club in a blockbuster transfer to French giants Paris Saint Germain in 2017 and since then, they have been doing everything to bring him back.
Jean-Clair Todibo, Ivan Rakitic as well as Ousmane Demebele were all offered to PSG by Barcelona last summer with the club adding the huge amount, but the deal still failed.
A number of reports at the time discussed Todibo, Rakitic and Dembele as part of the deal, with varying cash offers said to be tagged onto the deal.
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