Arsenal are one of the many clubs in the Premier League and around Europe that have been linked with the possible signing of the Real Madrid and France international star Raphael Varane, but with the young centre back regularly being talked about as one of the most talented and promising young players in the world over the last few years I never really took much notice of those Arsenal transfer rumours.
Metro is reporting, however, that Varane has lost his status as a regular starter under the current Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and if this is the case then the chances of being able to sign him are much bigger. The frustration of seeing Sergio Ramos and Pepe nail down the central defensive pairing was compounded by Varane picking up an injury right at the end of the season.
This kept him out of the Champions League final although he would probably not have played anyway but he would almost certainly have been in the France starting XI at Euro 2016 where he would have played alongside Laurent Koscielny and it is this French connection that I think could be key to the Gunners beating the likes of Man United to his signature this summer.
It has been a very good tournament so far for France and certainly for Koscielny who now looks to have established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet of Didier Deschamps. So if Varane was playing his club football for Arsenal alongside Koscielny it could be perfect for the young defender’s chances of being first choice for France as well and the understanding they would have would surely be good for both club and country.
So is now the perfect time for Arsene Wenger to make a transfer bid for Varane?