Only last month Lens defender Raphael Varane was profiled as one of our Ligue 1 20 for 20 – players to watch. In the piece it was mentioned how many clubs were keeping an eye on this talented youngster ready to make a move for him in the transfer market. Manchester United and Bayern Munich were the big names in contention, Sir Alex had been rumoured to be considering a £3m bid for the 17-year old.

Today in Ligue 1 Lens had to record a victory or have their relegation to Ligue 2 confirmed. Varane scored his second goal of the season in the 93rd minute that brought the sides level but not enough to save RC Lens and they were relegated.

With Lens playing in Ligue 2 it wasn’t a secret that Varane would most likely move on, and tonight has seen some significant developments in his future. Lille Chairman Michel Seydoux was talking to French football program “Canal Football Club” and he remarked that he was on the verge on making a proposal to Lens President Gervais Martel for the €10m signing of Varane.

Yesterday Lille won their first cup in 56 years and plans are already being put in place for next season, centre back Adil Rami has already signed for Valencia so Lille are sounding out possible replacement Varane would be ideal for this forward thinking club.

As mentioned previously Varane was born in Lille and his family still live in the city. The young defender has also still to finish his school studies so a move back to his hometown would be ideal for not just his football career but his personal career.

The defender himself recently said he wasn’t sure if Lille was the best move for him

“I’m from Lille, born in Lille, but I was trained at Lens and my heart is there,” he said.

“I understand that there has already been contract between the two clubs, but I don’t know anything more concrete.

“It’s one of the offers, but I don’t think it’s a priority for me.”

If Lille do make a €10m offer it may open the doors for Manchester United and other to pclubs to follow suit. It seems as if Varane’s future will be decided sooner rather than later.




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