Real Madrid are reportedly considering selling Raphael Varane this summer with Manchester United and Chelsea linked with a move for the centre-back.
Varane is regarded as one of the world’s best central defenders but Real Madrid are concerned regarding the player’s contract situation, his current deal set to expire in 2022 with ‘suspicions’ amongst the club’s hierarchy that the France international has no plans to renew.
According to Marca, that scenario leaves the Spanish champions with a decision to make this summer with the club fearful of losing Varane on a free transfer and Real will listen to offers if a new deal is not agreed.
Varane signed for Real Madrid from Lens as a teenager and has since enjoyed a glittering career of success at the Bernabeu, winning three league titles and four Champions League trophies amongst his honours alongside World Cup success with France in 2018.
Real’s priority remains persuading the centre-back to sign a new deal but Europe’s leading clubs are likely to be monitoring his situation closely, both Manchester United and Chelsea mooted as potential destinations for the 27-year-old in addition to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are interested in the signing of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba this summer, with the Austria international set to be available on a free transfer as he seeks a new challenge away from the Bundesliga champions.
Alaba’s arrival would help cover the uncertainty surrounding Real’s centre-back options with the future of Sergio Ramos also yet to be decided, whilst there are similarities between Alaba’s decision to leave Bayern and reports of Varane seeking a new challenge away from the Spanish capital.
Varane has previously been linked with the Premier League with United long-term admirers, the report suggesting a fee of €50m would prove ‘adequate’ value for the player should he fail to agree a new contract.