Manchester United must fork out £52m for Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane
It was reported earlier this week that Real Madrid have reduced their asking price for
Manchester United target Raphael Varane to £60m.
According to El Partidazo de COPE (h/t The Daily Mail), they have now lowered it further
to £52m. This is good news for the Red Devils who are keen to add to their defence in
this summer window.
The defender, who is currently with the French squad preparing for Euro 2020, is about
to enter the final 12 months of his contract.
Varane, 28, has enjoyed a glittering decade at the Bernabeu but he has so far failed
to show a strong desire to sign an extension.
A host of clubs have been linked with the ace, including the Red Devils and Premier
League rivals Chelsea.
And Spanish show El Partidazo de COPE report that Real would be willing to listen to
offers for Varane now and have set their asking price rather than risk losing him for
nothing in 2022.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is closing in on the signing of England winger
Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, is also determined to land a centre-half over the
And Varane is believed to be his No1 target to partner captain Harry Maguire at the back next term.
The former Lens star has played 360 times for Real and helped them to lift the
Champions League four times as well as three LaLiga titles.
He made 41 appearances over the last campaign as they finished second in the Spanish
top-flight behind neighbours Atletico and exited the Champions League to Chelsea in the
But with only a year left to go on his deal, and his compatriot Zinedine Zidane departing
as manager, it seems he may soon be following the legend out of the exit door.