Raphael Varane’s deal to Manchester United has been delayed due to Brexit, according to United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As he waits for his defensive signing, the Red Devils’ manager has taken aim at politics.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed Brexit for the delay in confirming new acquisition Raphael Varane, calling the situation “malarky.” United agreed to a £41 million deal with Real Madrid on July 28, but the signing has yet to be completed due to a slew of difficulties.
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Varane was supposed to fly to Manchester earlier this week ahead of a quarantine period, according to sources.
However, visa issues delayed his flight from Madrid, and he arrived in England on Thursday instead.
He’ll have a medical at the Aon Training Complex in Carrington after his brief isolation.
Solskjaer has voiced his displeasure with the lengthy pace of the anticipated trade, blaming it on politics.
Varane’s transfer to Old Trafford is nearing completion, according to Solskjaer, who spoke to the club’s official website on Friday.
He acknowledged that Visa complications contributed to the delay, but expressed optimism that the 28-year-old will finish his physical soon.
Solskjaer continued, “[It’s] paperwork now, you know, with Brexit and all that.”
“I was going to say nonsense, but I’m not interested in getting into politics.” With the visa, we lost a few days, but he’s been taking care of himself.
“Of course, we have to take care of his medical first, and hopefully that will be completed soon.”
Solskjaer will be worried about Varane’s availability with the Premier League opener against Leeds United at Old Trafford just eight days away.
The France international would have just had a week of training with his new teammates by the time the game rolled around.
As a result, it’s unlikely he’ll make his first start against Leeds, where Solskjaer is expected to select his entire squad.
Solskjaer stated that both new acquisitions Jadon Sancho and Varane would not be present for United’s last pre-season friendly against Everton on Saturday.
Both players may not be fit enough to start against Leeds, according to the Norwegian manager, who hopes they will be on the bench.
“They [Sancho & Varane] haven’t trained with us yet, and I need to see how they’re doing,” he remarked.
“I don’t think they’ll be available for the match against Everton this weekend, but ideally they’ll be ready to sit on the bench.”
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