Real Madrid ‘ready to sell Varane to Man Utd’ after failure to agree new deal

Real Madrid are prepared to let Raphael Varane join Manchester United in the summer transfer window, according to reports in the Manchester Evening News.

Varane has been at the Bernabeu since 2011 but appears increasingly unlikely to agree an improved deal with Zinedine Zidane's side.

The centre-back believes there is too great a disparity between his contract offer and what his better-paid team-mates are earning.

Rather than risk Varane leaving the club on a free transfer in 2022, Madrid chiefs are now considering selling the popular defender in the summer so that they can obtain a fee for his services.

Varane's sale would also help Madrid finance a deal for PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, who has been a target for the club ever since he broke through at Monaco.

United have prioritised signing a centre-back above all else in the summer, and a move for Varane would make sense on a number of levels.

The 27-year-old offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the top level experience that his squad lacks, plus he has been on United's radar for some time.

Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward almost gave the go ahead for a £100million move in 2018, but Madrid's valuation proved well in excess of what United were willing to offer.

Prior to that, Sir Alex Ferguson almost signed an 18-year-old Varane from Lens in 2011. On that occasion, then-Real sporting director Zidane swooped to bring the Frenchman to Spain.

United have had centre-back problems ever since, with the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all failing to live up to expectation at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire has proved the exception to the rule, and now the England centre-half could have found his latest partner in the shape of four-time Champions League winner Varane.

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