Raphael Varane’s potential move to Bayern Munich in January has surfaced amid discussions, hinting at a possible departure from the Premier League, following Harry Kane’s footsteps. Manchester United’s defender, Varane, has become a topic of ‘internal discussions’ within Bayern Munich’s circles as the upcoming January transfer window looms closer. Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sports Germany indicates that while the Bundesliga champions are intrigued by Varane’s profile, his hefty £14.9 million ($18.6m) salary has given them pause. However, they still view the Frenchman as an ‘interesting’ option and intend to keep tabs on his situation. The prospect of a loan deal is unlikely, with a potential transfer fee estimated to be as high as £26.3m ($32.9m).
Varane’s much-anticipated arrival at Manchester United in the summer of 2021 was met with enthusiasm, showcased as he graced the Old Trafford pitch before the season opener against Leeds. However, despite his illustrious track record as a four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Varane has grappled with injury concerns since his move to England. Moreover, his standing with current manager Erik ten Hag has waned over recent months. He has only initiated one Premier League game – the defeat against Crystal Palace at home – since sustaining an injury during the Nottingham Forest match in August. Ten Hag has shown a preference for Harry Maguire and occasionally Jonny Evans this season.
While Bayern Munich boasts French players like Kingsley Coman and Dayot Upamecano, notable French figures like Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard departed the Allianz Arena in the previous summer. French icons Franck Ribery, Bixente Lizarazu, and Willy Sagnol have also left their mark in Bayern’s history.
Varane faces a substantial challenge in regaining his spot at Manchester United in the immediate term. Although the January transfer window is six weeks away, parting ways with Varane at this stage could potentially leave the Red Devils defensively vulnerable for the latter half of the season.