Real Madrid are reportedly interested in Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek, in part-exchange for United target Raphael Varane.
Recent weeks have seen Manchester United linked with a move for the Madrid defender, the World Cup winner yet to commit his future to the Spanish side, with just a year remaining on his current contract.
With Sergio Ramos having already confirmed his departure on a free transfer, the La Liga giants could face the prospect of losing both of their starting centre-back pair this summer, with the club expected to cash in on Varane should he not sign a new deal as opposed to losing him for free next summer.
That would bring an end to his decade-long spell at the Bernabeu, the Frenchman having won four Champions League’s and three league titles since his arrival from RC Lens as a teenager back in 2011.
While that deal is likely to expected cost the Red Devils a fee of around £50m, an alternative option could be a potential part-exchange deal, the Sun reporting that Los Blancos have rekindled their interest in Donny van de Beek
As per the report, Madrid are keen on signing the Dutchman – who is currently recovering from injury – on an initial 12-month loan deal worth £2million but with an obligation to buy the player in 12 months time.
The club were previously close interested the former Ajax man last summer and had even gone as far as to agree personal terms, before ultimately pulling out of the deal amid the financial impact of the pandemic, as well as their inability to shift the deadwood at the club.
United are said to have already rejected a loan move for Van de Beek from former side, Ajax, and if they were to sell, would want to recoup the £35m they shelled out 12 months ago, though would be ‘prepared to bend’ in order to secure a deal for Varane.
A move to the Bernabeu would bring to an end what’s been a fairly miserable start to life for Van de Beek in Manchester, the 24-year-old failing to really make his mark in what was an underwhelming debut campaign.
Aside from his limited game time, Van de Beek has also struggled to nail down a regular position in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, being deployed out wide, as an advanced playmaker and in a deeper central midfield role over the course of the season.
As for Varane, the addition of a world-class defender would seemingly fill the void alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence, with both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof struggling for consistency in recent years.
The 28-year-old has long been admired at Old Trafford and came close to a move prior to his switch to Spain 10 years ago, while he was also a rumoured target during Jose Mourinho’s stint in charge.