German soccer giants Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in acquiring Manchester United defender Raphaël Varane in the upcoming January transfer window. The French international, who joined the Red Devils in 2021, has fallen out of favor under manager Erik ten Hag and is said to be unhappy with his current situation at Old Trafford.
Varane, 30, has made just 11 appearances for Manchester United this season, scoring one goal. His limited playing time has been attributed to a combination of injuries and inconsistent form. Despite his struggles, the experienced defender remains a highly sought-after player, with Bayern Munich emerging as a potential suitor.
According to German media reports, Bayern Munich are seriously considering a move for Varane and are prepared to make a formal offer in January. The Bundesliga club is reportedly willing to pay a transfer fee in the region of €20-30 million for the French center-back.
However, the transfer could be complicated due to Varane's hefty annual salary, which is estimated to be around €20 million. Bayern Munich may be hesitant to meet such high wage demands, especially considering their already substantial financial commitments.
Additionally, Manchester United are reportedly only interested in a permanent sale and are not open to a loan deal.
Bayern wants more defensive options because it plays on three fronts
Despite these potential hurdles, Bayern Munich's interest in Varane remains strong.
The club views the experienced defender as a valuable addition to their squad, bolstering their defensive options and providing leadership qualities. If a deal can be reached, Varane's arrival would signal Bayern Munich's ambition to reclaim the Bundesliga title and make a deep run in the Champions League.
In recent days, there has been talk of his conflict with the coach of the Red Devils, Eric Ten Haag. The Dutch expert preferred some other players over Varane. Varane retired from the French national team after the World Cup in Qatar, and he played 93 matches for the "tricolor" national team and scored five goals.