Report: Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane

Manchester United reportedly wanted to sign Rafael Varane.

Raphael Varane of Real Madrid CF attends a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match against Juventus at Valdebebas training ground on April 10,...

Manchester United reportedly wanted to pay £100 million for Raphael Varane, report The Guardian.

Red Devils chief executive Ed Woodward even met with Real President Florentino Perez over the summer to sound him out over the centre-back's availability, but were told he was unavailable.

 

United were scared off and did not submit an offer.

The club did not consider any other centre-back on Jose Mourinho's wishlist of a similar value.

Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire were considered overpriced by United's board, even at lower values.

Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane (L) heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Real Madrid on...

Varane worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid and has gone onto become a multiple time Champions League winner.

He also won the World Cup this summer, starring for France as they beat Croatia in the final.

United fans can only dream of what might have been.

Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane controls the ball during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs RCD Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October...

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch