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Man Utd's Raphael Varane transfer in the balance amid Real Madrid stand-off

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-22

Manchester United are struggling to reach a compromise with Real Madrid over a transfer fee to sign defender Raphael Varane.

Mirror Football understands that there is a £10million disparity between what Madrid are demanding for the France international and what United are willing to pay.

Talks are ongoing between the two clubs, but Madrid are holding out for a fee of £50million, while United are only willing to pay £40million.

The central defender is out of contract in the Spanish capital next summer and the club are willing to cash-in on him this year to avoid the risk of losing him as a free agent.

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Real Madrid central defender Raphael Varane is out of contract at the club in 2022 (Image: PA)

The 28-year-old received the offer of a new contract from the Spanish giants prior to Euro 2020 but he is yet to respond amid suggestions he wants a new challenge in his career.

It remains highly unlikely that Varane will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond this summer transfer window without putting pen to paper on a new deal and United will be hopeful that Madrid will lower their asking price with his contractual situation in mind.

Varane has spent a decade of his career at Los Blancos and has won three La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns across a trophy-laden spell.

The Frenchman has spent the best part of a decade playing alongside Sergio Ramos in the heart of Madrid’s defence, but the long-serving club captain Sergio Ramos ended his 16-year relationship with the club earlier this summer.

Ramos failed to agree terms on a new contract and left the club as a free agent, subsequently signing for Paris Saint-Germain.

David Alaba is the de facto replacement for the Spain international as he has joined Carlo Ancelotti’s side on a free transfer from Bayern Munich.

The Austrian star was presented by the club earlier this week with the number four shirt and directly addressed the question on whether he would want to play alongside Varane.

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David Alaba has joined Real Madrid after leaving Bayern Munich (Image: Getty Images)

Alaba responded: "Varane? Yes, I would like to (play with him), of course.

“He has had many years as an excellent centre-back…great.”

As reported by Football Espana , the former Bayern defender said: “I would have loved to play with Sergio Ramos, with his top category football, to learn with him."

The arrival of Alaba and exit of Ramos is unlikely to have little impact on Varane’s future with the player keen on a new challenge and with United able to offer a superior financial package.

A report in Marca on Monday outlined that Varane would return to Madrid’s training facilities this week but that this was not an indication he would be remaining at the club for the upcoming season.

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Raphael Varane is open to joining Manchester United this summer (Image: Getty Images)

Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao are other options in the centre of defence for Madrid, who have also promoted Victor Chust to their senior ranks.

The 2018 World Cup winner and Madrid share a strong relationship with both parties keen for an amicable exit although any exit looks set to be held up by negotiations over the transfer fee.

Marcelo is the new club captain in the Spanish capital following the exit of Ramos; Varane is third in the standings behind Karim Benzema and is just five trophies shy of Paco Gento’s Real Madrid record of 23 titles won with the club.

Varane was part of the France squad who were eliminated from Euro 2020 by Switzerland at the Round of 16 stage and has been on holiday for the past three weeks with his wife Camille and their two children.

United’s interest in the defensive star stretches back to 2011 when they attempted to sign the player from Lens but Madrid - with Zinedine Zidane then as sporting director - won the race for his signature.

Varane is a boyhood fan of the Red Devils and Rio Ferdinand was his icon, while he is now viewed as an elite central defender who could be a long-term defensive partner for Harry Maguire.

Despite the willingness of the player to move to Old Trafford and Madrid naming their asking price, the two clubs remain apart in the negotiation process.

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