What do Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Raphael Varane have in frequent?
Apart from being footballers, all of them had been courageous sufficient to inform legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: ‘No’.
The one distinction is that whereas Gazza and Shearer may need some regrets after they have a look at their trophy cupboards, Varane could have none in any way.
And even when he did, the Actual Madrid and France defender is ready to rectify this with Man United set to signal him for £43million, plus add-ons.
Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says the 28-year-old could have his Outdated Trafford medical in two days.
Nevertheless, United’s first communication with Varane got here approach again in 2011, earlier than he gained 4 Champions League trophies and a World Cup, establishing himself as one of many world’s most interesting centre-backs.
The Frenchman’s expertise was clear for all to see ten years in the past after an excellent season at Lens, aged 17.
Sir Alex, like he did with so many throughout his 27 years at United, was so impressed he obtained personally concerned within the negotiations.
Normally, that might be sufficient to persuade anyone. However Madrid had a trump card up their sleeve.
Zinedine Zidane, who had simply grow to be Madrid’s new sporting director, was each French child’s idol throughout his enjoying profession – and that proved fairly persuasive.
Fergie recalled his efforts to signal the defender in his autobiography, writing: “In 2011, I hurtled down on the practice from Euston to Lille to signal the younger French defender Raphael Varane.
“David Gill was moving into the finer factors of the contract with Lens, Varane’s membership, when Zinedine Zidane obtained wind of this and in some way scooped him up for Actual Madrid from underneath our noses.
“I don’t suppose Jose Mourinho, who was managing Actual Madrid, had even seen Varane play.”
Since then, the Crimson Devils have been linked with Varane numerous instances, failing on every event.
Nevertheless it appears prefer it’s lastly going to occur.