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EXCLUSIVE: Eric Bailly to consider future as Real Madrid prepare for Raphael Varane bid

In a UtdDistrict Exclusive, a source close to Real Madrid has confirmed that the club expect Raphael Varane to move to Manchester United this summer, with an agreement expected to be made between the clubs soon. Although a deal is almost certainly going to be made, the source has described that the deal is unlikely to be completed within the next week, and instead a deal is to be struck once the player is back from his holiday.

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Varane, a thee-time La Liga winner and four-time Champions League winner, is going to be a top level addition to Manchester United’s defence. However, this has raised alarm bells within some players of the Red Devil camp, especially Eric Bailly, as sources close to the player have confirmed that Varane incoming is not ideal and is a potential threat for Bailly, who is already currently third choice behind Victor Lindelof for the central defensive position.

Having only played a total of 21 games last season due to a mix of being third choice and injured, people close to Eric Bailly are wary that he may not get a desirable amount of game time next season, and if his playing time is restricted due to the arrival of Raphael Varane, then a loan move will be sounded out in January. At this very moment in time, Eric Bailly does not plan to leave United this summer, as he wants to fight for his place at the club, however if opportunities do not arrive for the Ivorian defender to play more regularly, he will consider his options.

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The arrival of Raphael Varane to Manchester United is one that will excite fans. Currently in the prime of his career at 28 years old and having a wealth of experience playing for Real Madrid, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and winning alongside some of the most powerful figures in football such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, this addition alongside Harry Maguire as United’s starting central defensive pairing could be the key to pushing United over the line and finally winning a trophy or two under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

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