Man United remain hopeful of getting Raphael Varane signed in time for him to feature vs Leeds United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally has his top-class centre-back partner for Harry Maguire. Although the deal isn’t officially completed yet.
Earlier today, we covered a claim from Fabrizio Romano, who stated that Varane is on his way to England – although he’ll have to self-isolate for five days. That threw his availability for the Premier League opener in doubt.
Well, the Manchester Evening News have eased those fears, claiming there’s a ‘confidence’ United can complete the signing of the key star in time to have him available to play vs Leeds United.
That hasn’t stopped frustrations from boiling over, with United sources describing the situation as an ‘annoyingly slow’ one. Varane had hoped to travel to England over the weekend, however, his move has been delayed by the process to obtain a Governing Body Exemption, which is mandatory for overseas footballers in England post-Brexit.
United have to register Varane as eligible by midday on the Friday before the Premier League kicks off. Leaving the Reds in a real race against time.
Obviously, if Varane is now isolating until Tuesday or Wednesday, that leaves little time to get the Frenchman signed, sealed delivered and registered ahead of the big kick-off.
With United being typically slow in these situations in the past, I’m honestly bracing myself for the worst. However, at the end of the day, Varane is going to be a Manchester United player. We’ve waited years for a top-class centre-back signing, what’s one more game, eh?
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