REAL MADRID are reportedly ready to sell Raphael Varane after the Manchester United target asked for a new challenge.
A summer transfer is said to be the 28-year-old’s desire following a decade at the Bernabeu.
Raphael Varane could have played his last game for Real MadridCredit: Reuters
Varane is out of contract in a year’s time and Los Blancos do not want to lose him on a free while battling the pandemic financial crisis.
According to The Athletic, a bid as little as £40million could persuade Real to sell up after talks with the player’s representatives.
And he could be one of several stars to leave Madrid, who are gathering funds ahead of a bid for Kylian Mbappe.
The club’s mammoth wage bill needs to be cut before they can offer the Paris Saint-Germain forward a contract.
Mbappe, 22, is also out of contract in 2022 and Real are reportedly plotting a free transfer deal with a mega salary offer.
Varane is currently starring for France at Euro 2020 and is expected to start against Portugal on Wednesday night.
It has been suggested that United will use Paul Pogba, also out of contract in a year’s time, as a makeweight for the centre-back.
Manchester City and Chelsea are also as tracking Varane but the Red Devils are described as the frontrunners to secure his services.
A number of defenders have been named as targets for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, who want a new partner for Harry Maguire.
Pau Torres and Jules Kounde continue to be linked in deals that would cost north of £50m.
Villarreal and Spain ace Torres recently stated that he is ‘calm’ about his future while attempting to deliver a last-16 spot for his country.
The 24-year-old said: “I have a contract at Villarreal, I just won the first title for the club, we have qualified for the Champions League and it is something that excites me a lot.
“Now I’m focused on the Euros. Then the Super Cup and nice things will come, so I’m totally calm.”
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