News today that both Manchester United and Newcastle United, in addition to some other top European clubs, are interested in 18 year-old French defender Raphael Varane.
Raphaël Varane – interesting Newcastle United?
The 6’3″ center-back has so far played 20 times for the Lens first team this season, and is said to be one of their best players. although Lens were relegated from Ligue 1 with just 35 points, and will finish second bottom of the French League this season.
The French magazine L’Sport is reporting that both United managers Alex Ferguson and Alan Pardew, are interested in getting the £9M rated player.
Varane joined Lens back in 2002 as a 9 year-old, and it’s the only club he’s ever been at, and the youngster had this to say today:
“I hope a meeting with the club will happen next week and we can discuss the situation.”
The Lille born player has 2 caps at the France U18 level and 3 caps at the France u21 level, which is impressive given the lad only turned 18 last month.
From what we can tell Raphael is a top young player, and he would be a good acquisition for Newcastle.
£9M is a lot of money to pay out for one so young, but the 18 year-old certainly fits into the Newcastle strategy of buying players before they are at their best.
They can then increase in value as they come on, mature and reach their best, which seems to be what this lad will do in the future, and of course he could also become a world-class defender.