Raphael Varane could be on his way out of Manchester United in the January transfer window, according to reports.
Varane's season has been marred by injury, and upon his return, he seems to have lost his starting role that was once considered secure, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Jonny Evans taking precedence even in the long-term absence of Lisandro Martinez.
The situation sees Varane unable to secure a spot in the starting XI ahead of a centre-back who was part of Leicester City's relegation squad last season, intensifying the speculation surrounding his potential departure.
With the January transfer window opening in a matter of weeks, there are rumblings that United could be prepared to part with a player who was an undisputed first-team star just a matter of months ago.
The Sporting News takes a look at why the Frenchman has lost his place in Erik ten Hag's side and what team he could potentially leave Old Trafford to join.
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As reported by Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern Munich, the reigning champions of the Bundesliga, have reportedly held internal discussions regarding the potential signing of Varane.
The 30-year-old could be available for a relatively low fee ranging between €20 million (£17.5m/$21.9m) and €30m (£26.2m/$32.9m), presenting Bayern with a good opportunity to secure the four-time Champions League-winning defender at a reasonable cost. However, the same report suggests Varane's salary, which is approximately €19m (£17m/$21.3m), is a major stumbling block to any potential Bayern deal.
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