Raphael Varane is set to leave Real Madrid this summer (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)Real Madrid are resigned to losing Raphael Varane this summer and will likely sell him to a Premier League club for around £40m, according to reports.
The Frenchman has spent the last decade at the Bernabeu, winning four Champions League titles and the league title on three occasions.
However, the World Cup winner has just a year to run on his deal in the Spanish capital and he has intimated that he’s unwilling to sign an extension as he wants to face a fresh challenge elsewhere.
That has alerted Manchester United, who have long held Varane up as their ideal signing at centre-back.
Varane is valued between £40-£45m (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images) Photographer: Anthony Dibon Provider: Icon Sport via Getty Images Source: Icon SportOle Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire and the Norwegian has been given around £150m to spend on his squad this summer.
Madrid are keen to keep Varane but they will not allow him to run his deal down in order to leave for free in 2022 and the Athletic claim the Spaniards will reluctantly agree a deal worth between £40m-£45m for the defender.
Though United are described as the most realistic destination for Varane, rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are credited with an interest in the defender.
Madrid are in severe financial difficulty and have put the likes of Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard up for sale.
The club hope a fine European Championships could help drum up further interest in Varane, particularly with Paris Saint-Germain in need of defensive reinforcements.
United have considered a move for Villarreal defender Pau Torres and know that the Spaniard has a £51m release clause in his contract.
However, Varane’s added experience and speed would make him a potentially better partner for Maguire.
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