May 14, 2021

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Manchester United increasingly confident over Raphael Varane transfer but want Real Madrid to lower £60m asking price

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MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Raphael Varane of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Real Madrid and Atalanta at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Raphael Varane is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have been given ‘encouragement’ that Raphael Varane wants to join the club this summer but the Red Devils need Real Madrid to lower their £60m asking price for the defender.

The France international was hours away from joining United from Lens in 2011 before Sir Alex Ferguson’s move for the centre-back was hijacked by Zinedine Zidane, who was asked to speak to Varane by Real’s hierarchy.

Varane’s choice to move to the Bernabeu was an inspired one, with the defender winning the Champions League on four occasions during his ten-year stint in the Spanish capital.

But the defender is now keen for a fresh challenge and United have been given encouragement that he wants to move to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander
Varane is valued at £60m (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Varane has a year left on his deal at the Bernabeu and with little sign that he’s receptive to signing an extension, the club will have no option but to sell this summer in order to avoid losing him for free in 2022.

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With that in mind, Madrid hope to raise as much as £60m through the sale of the France international this summer.

But United have been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the club had budgeted for this summer on the basis that fans would return to Old Trafford this season – which of course did not materialise.

They will therefore try to talk Madrid down from their valuation, with a figure of around £45m considered a more reasonable asking price from United’s perspective.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to pair Harry Maguire with a faster centre-back partner, which would allow United to play a higher line against opponents.

Victor Lindelof has partnered Maguire for much of the season but while the Swede is capable in possession, he lacks the physicality and speed that Solskjaer wants.

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