Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer, as the Spanish giants seek to raise funds in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.
Varane’s future with the club is uncertain with the defender having entered the final 18 months of his deal at the Bernabeu, with no signs that the France international is prepared to sign a new deal at present.
The 27-year-old has spent almost a decade with the Spanish champions and has enjoyed a period of huge success with the club, winning three league titles and four Champions League trophies in addition to forming part of the France side crowned world champions in 2018.
Recent speculation has suggested that Varane could look to leave in search of a new challenge, and the Daily Mail are reporting that Real are now prepared to sanction his sale in a bid to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.
The report suggests that Varane is unhappy with the club’s contract offer and believes there is ‘too great a difference’ between the proposal and the wages commanded by Real’s highest-earning players.
The lack of progress on talks could spark interest from the Premier League, Manchester United long-term admirers of the player and in the market for a centre-back this summer, with Los Blancos reportedly demanding a fee in the region of £61m for Varane.
Real have financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and are prepared to cut costs this summer in a bid to finance a move for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, Varane amongst a number of players – including Gareth Bale – who could be offloaded.
Mbappe will have just a year remaining on his PSG contract this summer and interested suitors will view this summer as the perfect opportunity to prise the forward from the Parc des Princes.