Real Madrid want a minimum of £42million to let Raphael Varane go with two things considered, according to reports. Manchester United are keen on signing the France international this transfer window. And a deal appears to be edging closer.
Real Madrid have already lost Sergio Ramos, who quit the Bernabeu in order to join Paris Saint-Germain.
And, now, Varane could be about to follow the Spain international out of the exit door.
Manchester United are determined to win the race for the 28-year-old, who has just one year left on his contract.
Sport claim that the Red Devils have already launched one bid, close to £39m, which was rejected.
But Madrid feel they’re entitled to at least £42m because of the ‘age and level of the player’.
As things stand, Los Blancos are awaiting Varane’s final decision. They want to keep him, but they’re unwilling to give him the £10million annual salary he craves.
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Carlo Ancelotti is still hopeful of keeping the defender, who has been at the club for a decade.
Yet Varane is said to be eager to test himself in the Premier League, a division that’s always appealed to him.
United are growing increasingly confident they can secure the centre-back’s signature, despite PSG and Chelsea also being linked over the past few weeks.
And, if they do, a move to Old Trafford will finally take place 10 years after Sir Alex Ferguson first tried to land the player.
United are hoping to partner Varane with Harry Maguire, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw then making up the rest of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back four.
And the Red Devils don’t intend to stop there, either.
While signing Varane, on top of their deal for Jadon Sancho, would be expensive they’re still eyeing other reinforcements as they look to win the Premier League title.
At right-back, they feel Wan-Bissaka needs competition – with the former Crystal Palace star currently walking into the team be default.
They’re interested in Kieran Trippier but, at the current moment in time, Atletico Madrid are adamant he won’t be sold.
And, in midfield, United admire both Declan Rice and Eduardo Camavinga amid uncertainty over the futures of Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek.
Speaking over the weekend, Andros Townsend endorsed United’s interest in Sancho.
“If you look at Manchester United’s team, they are very top-heavy,” Townsend told talkSPORT.
“They have a lot of forward options and Jadon Sancho will give them another option but Varane, if he does come in, will solidify the back four.
“He will give them extra strength, extra pace and somebody of his calibre is more suited to the Premier League.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he is quick and I definitely think the Varane one takes them closer to where they want to be.”
Joel Glazer vowed to back Solskjaer when speaking last month, insisting the club are capable of signing the best players on the planet.
“We think that Manchester United is a very well run club, and we think clubs throughout football could take a look at us, and there’s a lot of good to be seen when it comes to some of these things that are controversial,” Glazer said.
“We’re able to spend with the top clubs throughout Europe, whether it’s wages or transfer fees, we’ve been able to keep our ticket prices low, we’ve not increased them in over 10 years.
“We’re able to pay a dividend but it’s a modest proportion of our five to six hundred million pounds of revenue; it’s less than three percent of that.
“We have debt, but a lot of other clubs do have debt as well. We pay a very low interest rate, mostly fixed interest debt. So, if interest rates went up it would not affect us, but we had made progress in reducing our debt over the last several years. The net debt was meaningfully reduced a couple years ago.”