Man United are still waiting to confirm a deal to sign Raphael Varane. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a little longer…
The Old Trafford club have confirmed that an agreement with Real Madrid has been reached to sign Raphael Varane. However, we’re still being made to wait until we see those official photos of the Frenchman holding his new jersey aloft.
Well, now we know why. The story comes from The Telegraph, who state that United may be kept waiting another week due to visa issues.
Varane isn’t being allowed to travel due to a visa problem, which, hopefully, won’t keep us waiting too much longer.
Sadly, it’s not as straightforward as getting Varane straight into action after that. With COVID-19 still being a thing, the 28-year-old star would have to then quarantine upon his arrival in England – before he can complete his transfer to the Old Trafford club.
Obviously, that’s less than ideal given United are due to take on Leeds United in less than two weeks time. What’s even more frustrating is that this all-but rules Varane out of United’s final pre-season game against Everton this coming weekend…
That means Varane will likely be available for selection against Leeds. However, what sort of shape will he be in?
In all likelihood, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t going to throw him in at the deep end. Rather, the Norwegian will give the Frenchman time to settle in first.
It does mean we’re probably going to begin the campaign with Victor Lindelof partnering Harry Maguire at the heart of our defence – giving the Ice Man one final chance to acquit himself and force Solskjaer’s hand.
At the end of the day, however long it takes, Varane is still going to be a Manchester United player and we have to be delighted with that!