John Barnes has advised Liverpool to rival Manchester United this summer and make an attempt to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
The France international has little over a year remaining on his current contract and appears destined to leave the Spanish giants after a trophy-laden decade at the Bernabeu.
Real have made attempts to tie the long-serving centre-half down to a new deal but are said to be prepared to entertain offers with a resolution unlikely to be forthcoming.
Varane is said to want an improved deal and even offers of the captaincy are unlikely to dissuade the 27-year-old from seeking a new challenge. United failed to sign a centre-half last summer and are on the lookout for a new partner for Harry Maguire.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earmarked the likes of Jule Kounde from Sevilla and Tyrone Mings from Aston Villa, but Varane represents an ideal candidate given his experience and an easily affordable transfer fee.
Barnes, however, believes Liverpool show plot a move of their own, rather than focus on reinvigorating a forward line that still relies heavily on the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Injuries to the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have severely undermined Liverpool’s bid to retain the Premier League title this season with January recruits Koban Ozak and Ben Davies doing little to remedy their defensive issues.
‘Varane would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets. ‘He’s quick, he’s a good defender and great on the ball so he would suit the way that Liverpool play and for Liverpool to sign him would be a fantastic piece of business.
‘He would strengthen any team in the Premier League but if he is leaving Real Madrid then there will be a lot of teams interested and a lot of competition to sign him.
‘Mbappe and Haaland are the answer to Liverpool’s problems, but they would also be great for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and every top team in Europe.
‘Attacking players are not Liverpool’s immediate priority because they have Mane, Salah and Firmino, who are fantastic players and the club are among the top scorers in the league while playing brilliant attacking football.
‘However looking at the age of the top three, in the long term they need to be replaced, but for the immediate future, Mbappe and Haaland aren’t players that could come unless things change with one of the front three going.’
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