The growing competition in United’s backline has intensified speculations about Varane’s possible departure.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reacted to reports about Raphael Varane’s possible exit in January.
Harry Maguire has reclaimed his place in United’s starting lineup in recent weeks, preventing Varane from an immediate return to the starting lineup after his recovery.
Earlier this week, a few German sources claimed that Bayern Munich are closely watching Varane’s situation. The German side are reportedly scanning the market for an experienced centre-back this winter.
Despite dismissing the new reports as rumors, Ten Hag admitted that Varane is facing more competition within the squad.
“Raphael Varane [problem]? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Rumours,” Ten Hag told reporters on Friday.
“He is a very important player, but there is internal competition.”
Bayern could make a move for Varane in the upcoming transfer window as they prepare for the second half of the season. However, according to Sky Germany reporter Florian Plattenberg, Varane’s wage demands are currently “unrealistic” for Bayern. The Bavarians are expected to stay focused on signing a new holding midfielder after failing to complete a move for Joao Palhinha in the final hours of the summer transfer window.