Man Utd, Chelsea in four-way battle for €50m-rated Real Madrid lynchpin

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2021 2:01 - Samuel Bannister

Chelsea and Manchester United are among the clubs to have been linked with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

The centre-back is out of contract in 2022, leaving the La Liga giants in a delicate situation. There are fears he could walk away for free.

Varane remains a key player at the Bernabeu, having played more games for Madrid than any other outfield player so far this season.

However, according to Marca, his intentions may be to leave the club. Varane could run his contract down rather than agree an extension.

If Madrid learn that is what he plans to do, they will try to sell him in the summer. The chance to sign one of the world’s best defenders will have several clubs on alert.

The Spanish source lists Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus and PSG as the main suitors for Varane.

Both United and Chelsea have been linked with the Frenchman for some time. Rumours of their interest resurfaced in November last year.

Now, those links may accelerate further. Both clubs are on the lookout for new defenders, and Varane would be a prime option.

Due to the lack of time remaining on his contract, Marca say he could be available for €50m. The fact that Real need to raise funds in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is also a contributing factor.

For a 27-year-old player who has won the World Cup and multiple Champions League trophies, that seems a reasonable fee if the clubs mentioned are prepared to spend.

With Thomas Tuchel eyeing defensive reinforcements ahead of his first summer transfer window as Chelsea manager, and Man Utd still looking for the perfect partner for Harry Maguire, they may continue their interest.

Varane move to impact Mbappe future?

Kylian Mbappe

However, Marca also speculate that if PSG were to sign him, it could pave the way for Kylian Mbappe to move in the opposite direction.

Mbappe’s future will likely dominate the summer transfer window. Like Varane, he is out of contract in 2022, so PSG may have to sell him.

They would still be able to command a massive fee for him, though. Madrid are long-term admirers and even though they may struggle to afford him, sending Varane to the French capital may help sweeten the deal.

That would spell disappointment for the forward’s other suitors, such as Liverpool.

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