Real Madrid are reportedly willing to ‘listen to offers’ for Raphael Varane, with the defender understood to be keen on a new challenge in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old has developed into one of the world’s best defenders during his time in the Spanish capital, having originally arrived at the Bernabeu from RC Lens as an 18-year-old, in 2011.
The France international has been an integral part of the club’s four Champions League triumphs since 2014, as well as securing three La Liga titles with Los Blancos.
However, amid a difficult period for Zinedine Zidane’s side, it looks as if Varane’s time in Spain could be coming to an end, following speculation that he may be allowed to leave this summer.
As per AS, Madrid are ready to ‘listen to offers’ for the World Cup winner, with the player keen on a taste of Premier League football while still at his peak.
Varane’s current contract is set to expire in 2022 and there has been no progress on an extension, meaning that he could well leave the club for free next summer, if he is not able to depart at the end of the current season.
With little hope of a new deal, Madrid are now willing to cash in on the player if he wishes to leave, particularly with the continued uncertainty surrounding Sergio Ramos as the influential club captain also approaches the end of his contract.
Any interested sides will have to pay a significant sum to prise Varane away from the Spanish champions, although the fee may be slightly reduced given to his contract situation.
As for potential suitors, Manchester United are understood to be long-term admirers and are seemingly crying out for a new centre-back addition, although boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently suggested that the Red Devils may not be able to splash the cash due to the financial implications of Covid-19.
One club who didn’t seem to be too impacted by the pandemic last summer was Chelsea, the Blues also reportedly in the market for a new central defender and amongst a handful of clubs able to spend again this summer.
Another possible destination for Varane could be Tottenham and a reunion with the man who brought him to Madrid in Jose Mourinho, with Spurs struggling to find a reliable centre-back pairing this season.
Whether the north London side could tempt the defender and whether they could afford him is another matter, however, particularly if they are unable to secure Champions League football for next season.
As for Manchester City, they are already well-stocked at the heart of the defence, while Arsenal’s recent history would suggest they do not have the budget for such a high profile purchase.
Current strugglers Liverpool could also be tempted for a move, particularly with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez’s injury record in recent seasons, although failure to clinch a top four place may make Varane think otherwise above a move to Anfield.