So Easter is over, and that’s our last 4 day weekend till…ooh this Friday! What better way to celebrate than with a good old fashioned transfer rumour involving those two Premiership stalwarts, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
According to the Daily Mirror, Sir Alex might just have beaten his old nemesis to the signing of highly rated French youngster Rapahel Varane. If true, the news will be particularly galling for Wenger as his Arsenal side continue to collapse as the season draws to a close. The youngster can play at centre-back or in central midfield, and it’s no secret that Arsenal are desperate to recruit players in those areas. If Sir Alex gets there first, it will be particuarly sickening for the Gunners.
Varane is still only 18 years old, but has made 17 appearances in Ligue 1 with Lens. The French club reportedly want £3 million for the hotly rated starlet, and the good folks at the Mirror seem to think that a deal is close to being sealed. No word seems to have come from the United camp, but the paper seemed to suggest that Varane could be brought in to put pressure on such players as John O’Shea and Wes Brown who have been on the edges of the United first team for the last couple of seasons. Where he to move to Arsenal, it’s safe to say that Varane might get a start right away.
The youngster has done nothing of note in his native France, but Arsenal and Manchester United must see something in the lad if they’re willing to do battle for him. With United’s 12th Premiership title all but sewn up, and a possible Champions League final place to compete for, things couldn’t be better at Old Trafford. Things couldn’t be worse, meanwhile, down in North London. Wenger has already blamed himself for the abject failure of Arsenal’s season and has tried to reassure fans by promising new signings in the summer months. Varane was obviously supposed to be one of many, but Ferguson may just have got their first.
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