Real Madrid are planning to sell Man Utd target Raphael Varane this summer, according to reports.
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Rumours about a Premier League move for the France international have intensified in recent months due to his contract situation.
His current deal expires in June 2022, which means Real need to sell this year to avoid losing him for free.
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According to Spanish source ABC (via Express), Los Blancos now ‘intend to sell’ him after bringing in David Alaba.
The Austrian star joined on a free transfer after leaving German champions Bayern Munich.
His arrival means Real will consider offers for Varane in the coming months, giving Man Utd a major boost in their transfer pursuit.
The Red Devils are hoping to land Varane with a £60million bid. Club officials view him as the perfect man to take them to the next level and challenge Man City for the 2021/22 Premier League title.
Varane was asked about a summer transfer while on international duty with France. The 28-year-old said: “This is not the time to talk about my future. I am focused on the selection, on this Euro.
“It is normal and logical to ask the question and for my part, it is normal and logical to focus on the upcoming deadlines.
“We are all human beings. We can think about it. As for my personal case, I am focused on the objectives that we have in the France team, it is not a subject that I will discuss every day in my room at Clairefontaine.”
Man Utd were originally linked with moves for RB Leipzig defenders Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate.
Upamecano was snapped up by Bayern after they activated his £37million release clause. Konate, meanwhile, has joined Liverpool in a £36million deal to ease their defensive woes.
If Man Utd’s move for Varane falls through then they may pursue Sevilla’s Jules Kounde. The 22-year-old is Varane’s France team-mate, who recently put clubs on ‘red alert’ by saying he would consider a Sevilla exit.
A new centre-back looks likely to be the first signing for Man Utd this summer.