Erik ten Hag Aims to Retain Raphael Varane and Casemiro at Manchester United in January
There could be changes in January following a dismal first half of the season and Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s preparation to acquire a 25% share in United.
Ratcliffe is eager to take the lead in the transfer market, but United needs to make sure they comply with all applicable FFP rules by the end of the month’s business.
Consequently, rumours have it that up to five players may be permitted to leave Old Trafford, with Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial being the most likely possibilities.
After a falling out in September, Sancho and Ten Hag’s relationship is still at a standstill, and Martial has struggled in front of goal and is set to have his contract expire in the summer.
Though they are both over 30, earn large salaries, and have had extended periods of time away from the team, Varane and Casemiro have also been associated with the exit door.
While Casemiro has been out due to injury, Varane made a strong comeback to impress in a goalless draw at Liverpool. As a result, the engine room now has more choices.
Ten Hag is still of the belief that both players can contribute significantly to the team in the second half of the season, according to ESPN.
Ten Hag might only change his mind, according to the article, if one of the players indicates that he wants to go on to a new challenge.
Varane, on the other hand, is thought to prefer staying at the Theatre of Dreams, especially after starting the last two games and despite reports of Real Madrid’s interest.
Casemiro is rumoured to have received a lucrative offer to go to the Middle East, leading Saudi Arabian clubs to express interest in him.
In theory, that would work out well for everyone, since United knows that most other teams won’t want to match the more than £60 million they paid to sign him in the summer of 2022.
Because United finished last in their Champions League group, they will not have any European games to look forward to after Christmas. Ten Hag is reportedly willing to cut down on the amount of players in his team overall.