Real Madrid is reportedly preparing to sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer to help finance Kylian Mbappe’s £174 million moves to the club.
Varane’s current contract with Real is coming to an end in the next 18 months, and if he does not agree to new terms, he will be free to leave the club next summer.
The Spanish champions are pessimistic about Varane extending his stay at the Bernabeu, according to Manchester Evening News, and would rather recoup as much of his £61m market value than let him run down his contract and leave for nothing.
Varane, according to the article, claims there is a major gap between the new salary he has been given and the salaries of the club’s top earners.
Since the talks have come to a halt, United could take advantage of the situation with the Red Devils’ long-time admirers of the World Cup champion.
Real’s current financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic would push the club to cut expenses if they want to sign PSG star Kylian Mbappe this summer.
Although the club currently has a £180 million war chest for squad replacements, which would cover Mbappe’s transfer fee, they would also need to sell players to balance the books, with Varane being one of them.
Although Real is said to have a £180 million war chest for squad replacements, which would cover Mbappe’s transfer fee, the club would also need to sell players to balance the books – and Varane would be one of the key players Real would be willing to give up.
Varane, who signed his last contract with the club in 2017, has previously been linked with a move abroad, with the 27-year-old contemplating a move in early 2019 before the return of compatriot Zinedine Zidane as manager.
In addition to United, Paris Saint-Germain has previously expressed interest in the defender, and a story from MARCA last month reported that those two European giants, as well as Chelsea and Juventus, will be interested again this time.