Given that the French center-back has been demoted to the fourth-choice position under the management of Erik ten Hag, it is difficult to predict what the future holds for him at United.
During United’s recent 2-1 victory against Chelsea, Varane was noticeably absent due to a back ailment. Jonny Evans, on the other hand, made his return to the bench after being sidelined for a month due to a hamstring injury.
According to reports distributed by the French publication Le10 Sport, Manchester United is taking significant actions in order to clinch the signing of Leny Yoro, a player who has attracted the attention of elite clubs all over Europe. A talented young player who came from Lille’s development academy in 2022, Yoro has made a huge impact by starting in 12 games this season. Yoro is 18 years old.
The young French defender has been contacted by both Manchester United and Ten Hag, according to sources, and initial negotiations have taken place over the possibility of a transfer during the winter season. Despite this, it has been stated that Lille is hesitant to part ways with Yoro during the January transfer window.
Given the possibility that Varane would leave Old Trafford in the summer rather than in the middle of the season, it is more likely that Yoro will be transferred to Old Trafford during the summer. This would position Yoro as a potential long-term successor for the defender who won the World Cup. The current contract that Yoro has with Lille is set to expire in 2025, and the Ligue 1 club is eager to seek an extension in light of the increased interest shown by a number of clubs, including Manchester City.
In addition, Jean Claire-Todibo, a player for Nice who has been given a huge price tag of £45 million by owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is another player who has caught the attention of Ten Hag. Varane has expressed his contentment with United for the time being and has remained committed to fighting for his spot in the squad. However, the potential of recruiting new defensive talent is an indication that the club is planning strategically for the future.
Varane, who has retired from international football and is therefore exempt from Euro 2024, is under less urgent pressure than other players. This is something that should be noted.
It is a reflection of Manchester United’s proactive attitude to squad development and preparation for potential changes in the defensive lineup that the club continues to pursue young players such as Yoro and Todibo. The forthcoming transfer windows are set to have a significant impact on the defensive dynamics at Old Trafford as negotiations and conversations continue to run their course.