Raphael Varane is reportedly ready to start talks with Manchester United but only if
Real Madrid gives him permission.
The Frenchman has been heavily linked with the Red Devils for some time but does
not want to leave the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on bad terms having spent more
than a decade there.
Los Blancos’ wage bill is reportedly set to be slashed by more than a third which has
thrown massive doubt over the Frenchman’s future at the club.
The financial impact of Covid-19 has hit the Spanish giants hard.
That and a huge stadium rebuild have left Real with mounting debt – and they have
not paid a fee for a player for almost two years.
And as a result, their LaLiga wage cap will be reduced from £403million to £255m
next season, according to The Athletic.
That has seen Varane, Eden Hazard, and Gareth Bale all have their futures thrown up
in the air.
Some reports suggest United has already started talks with the France international.
But Mercato says that is not the case and the 28-year-old will not start until Madrid
say he can.
Real are reluctant to sell their French stalwart, but refuse to lose him for nothing
when his contract expires next year.