Man Utd transfer news: Four squad numbers Raphael Varane could wear after Real Madrid move

Real Madrid: Raphael Varane wants to LEAVE club says expert

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Manchester United, it seems, are ready to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. The France international’s long-term future at the Bernabeu is currently up in the air and, as things stand, the La Liga giants are pessimistic about keeping their prized asset. So Express Sport will now take a look at four squad numbers the 27-year-old could wear if he moves to Old Trafford this summer.

Number 14

For now, Jesse Lingard occupies the No 14 shirt.

But with the England international not expected to return to Old Trafford, despite his impressive form for West Ham, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it left vacant in the summer.

Varane previously wore that number during his time with Lens in France.

So he could be tempted to take it on again.

His current jersey, No 5, is worn by Harry Maguire – and there’s no chance the England international will give it up.

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Number 15

United’s No 15 shirt was worn by Andreas Pereira last season.

The playmaker is currently strutting his stuff for Lazio in Serie A but he isn’t expected to complete a permanent switch to the Stadio Olimpico this summer.

Even with that the case, though, Varane could feasibly take it.

Nemanja Vidic had the shirt on his back during his time at United, establishing himself as a club legend during his stint in English football.

So if Varane wanted to follow in the footsteps of the Serbian, this would be one way of doing it.


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Number 16

The number 16 was previously worn by Marcos Rojo at United.

The Argentina international thought it would be lucky for him but it clearly wasn’t, with the centre-back barely playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In the past, however, it’s been pretty significant.

Roy Keane wore it during his successful spell as United captain, while it was also donned by Michael Carrick during his Old Trafford reign.

Therefore, it would be a good option for Varane to take if he moves to the Theatre of Dreams this summer.

Number 20

Like Pereira and Lingard, it’s unlikely Diogo Dalot will return to United at the end of the season.

The Portuguese right-back has fared well on loan at AC Milan and they want to sign him permanently as a result.

The No 20 was taken on by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he was manager, while Robin van Persie was a huge success with it on his back.

And Varane would be a worthy next wearer.

We can’t imagine the Norwegian having an issue with that, especially given his determination to get a deal done.

Solskjaer’s transfer warning

While United want Varane, Solskjaer has warned supporters the club will be ‘realistic’ in the summer.

“[The pandemic] is definitely affecting everyone in football. Of course the lack of income, the finances have affected everyone,” he said.

“We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium – we have to look at the whole picture.

“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”

He then added: “You can look at it different ways [with a] rebuild. We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities.

“All clubs in the world are going through the same situation so it’s no different for other clubs than for us. I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes.”

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