Manchester United ‘remain in talks’ over a deal to sign Raphael Varane, but are ‘reluctant’ to meet Real Madrid’s valuation of the defender.
Varane has emerged as a leading target for the Red Devils as the club seek to strengthen at centre-back, with the France international about to enter the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu.
Reports in recent months have suggested the 28-year-old could be open to a new challenge after a decade in the Spanish capital, where the centre-back has won three league titles and four Champions League trophies amongst his honours.
The Manchester Evening News are reporting that United have made an initial attempt to sign Varane in a deal worth £50m, though Real are reportedly holding out for a figure of £80m despite the defender’s contract situation.
Understandably, United are ‘reluctant’ to meet that figure with the club also pressing ahead with plans to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, whilst interest remains in Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier.
Real Madrid have debts of €901m and president Florentino Perez will be keen to obtain a fee for the Frenchman if a new deal cannot be agreed, though AS, as per Sport Witness, say the renewal of Varane’s contract is now a ‘priority’.
The Spanish side have already confirmed the departure of club captain Sergio Ramos after 16 years at the club, with the centre-back having failed to agree an extension to his contract.
The departure of Varane and Ramos in the same window would represent a huge blow to Los Blancos, despite the acquisition of David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich.
Varane reportedly rejected a contract offer that included the club captaincy earlier this year and it remains to be seen whether he agrees to a new deal, with United hopeful of luring the long-term target to Old Trafford.