We have analysed some Raphael Varane next club betting odds ahead of a potential Manchester United exit in the January transfer window. The centre-back briefly lost his starting place under Erik ten Hag earlier this season, and there have been reports that the club do not want to extend his £340,000-per-week contract on current terms, with his deal set to expire this summer.
Raphael Varane next club betting – Latest news
United want Varane wages cut
Recent reports claim United have decided not to use the option to extend Varane's contract by 12 months, leaving him free to talk to other clubs. He currently earns the most of all the players at the club on £340,000-per-week, and the Red Devils are not willing to pay him that much if they were to extend his deal, which expires this summer.
They reportedly do not think his injury problems, which has seen him start just seven times in the Premier League this term, justify him being paid so much, and also want to reduce the wages of a number of the other highest earners. Should both parties fail to come to an agreement, the odds on Varane leaving Old Trafford this month will shorten further.
Fierce Forest inflict ninth league loss
On the pitch, United fell to their ninth Premier League defeat on Saturday evening as they lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest. It is the most defeats they have had at this stage in any Premier League campaign, and the fewest goals (22) scored, with only bottom two Burnley and Sheffield United netting fewer.
Varane played the whole game, just his third league start in eight matches after previously struggling with injury, but the team still struggled defensively, begging the question over just how important he is. At 30 years old and with just six months left on his contract, January may be the optimum time for United to cash in.
Raphael Varane next club betting – Current outrights
Any Spanish club (5/2)
A return to Spain is currently the most likely option for Varane, should he leave United this month. Of course, he made a name for himself at Real Madrid, and established himself as one of the best centre-halves in the world there, winning four UEFA Champions League and three La Liga titles among many other accolades, as well as the FIFA World Cup with France.
Given what he achieved in Spain, it would not be a surprise to see any of the top clubs try to sign him in this window, especially considering four Spanish clubs are in the Champions League round of 16, and will want to bolster their squads for the latter stages.
Any Saudi club (7/2)
The newly mega-rich Saudi Pro League could tempt United and Varane in January, like they have done with other now former Premier League stars. The likes of Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane have left Manchester City and Liverpool respectively to join the league, and Varane could do the same.
A number of clubs in the league would be able to match his wage demands, and could trump United with an offer. Likewise, they could also offer a sizeable fee which could tempt United to sell.
Real Madrid (6/1)
A return to his former club Real should not be out of the question for Varane. He spent the majority of his career there, and it is where he has been most successful.
Los Blancos currently have Eder Militao and David Alaba out with long-term injuries, so could do with another central defender in their squad. Having also signed Casemiro off them, United and Real could do business once again.