Varane ‘changes mind’ on Man Utd shirt number ahead of transfer being completed
Raphael Varane's shirt number at Manchester United appears to be close to being sorted, with the Frenchman set to take a relatively ordinary jersey, despite previous reports.
Varane has been on the cusp of a move to Old Trafford for some time now, with the Red Devils confirming the deal last month.
But after completing his allotted quarantine time and undergoing a medical, it is believed to be imminent that the former Real Madrid man will be unveiled as a United player.
It's thought Varane has been set on a new challenge for some time now, and was disappointed with Real's offer while discussing a new contract.
So with Varane all but confirmed, the next issue is what shirt number he will take.
It was thought that he may be handed something of an usual number by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co.
However, Sport Witness claim that he is set to replace Amad with the no. 19 as the Ivorian is set to depart on loan.
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Former Arsenal hero Paul Merson insists that Varane is the signing of the summer in the English top flight, bettering Romelu Lukaku's return to Chelsea and Jack Grealish's £100m switch to Manchester City.
He said in his weekly column for Daily Star Sport: "Raphael Varane will turn Manchester United into title contenders – he’s the signing of the summer in the Premier League.
"I think it’s as tight as it’s ever been this season and there’s four teams who could win the league.
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"United weren’t one of them but Varane changes that. I think that’s a major signing.
"With all the class and experience he brings with him from Real Madrid, I think he’s going to have a massive impact.
"Romelu Lukaku is a great signing for Chelsea and they will be contenders again. But they won the Champions League without him.
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"Jack Grealish improves Manchester City. But they won the league without him.
"And while Liverpool fell off the radar with Virgil van Dijk out, he’s fit again, and we know they can win the league with him in the team.
"But Varane is a game-changer for United – that’s why he’s the signing of the summer."
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