Woodward meeting with top La Liga chief adds telling layer to centre-back talk

Date published: Wednesday 3rd March 2021 9:22 - Jonny Whitfield

Ed Woodward Man Utd

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has recently met with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez amid links to Raphael Varane, according to a report.

Reports have indicated that Madrid centre-back Varane is on the club’s transfer radar.

The Red Devils are supposedly in the race with Liverpool to land the Frenchman this summer. Indeed, he could decide to leave with only one year remaining on his contract.

As such, Madrid find themselves in a precarious position. As previously reported, the Manchester Evening News says that Madrid are willing to sell Varane this summer.

Club chiefs are aware that they would make a huge profit on a player who they signed for €10million (Eurosport) in the summer of 2011.

What’s more, they do not want to see such a player leave on a free transfer.

The MEN’s report adds that United chief Woodward has strong ties to his Madrid counterpart Perez, having met up with the Spaniard last July.

The pair reportedly had breakfast in Miami before the pre-season friendly between the clubs in July.

They ‘informally discussed transfer business’, but the meeting did not go any further than that. However, the talks will likely provide a boost if United plan to make a move for Varane in the summer.

Nevertheless, the newspaper points out that the Red Devils have not formally engaged with Madrid bosses since Angel di Maria’s move to Old Trafford in 2014.

What’s more, Madrid and United came close to agreeing David de Gea’s move to Spain in 2015 before a paperwork problem caused the deal to fall through.

Solskjaer warns about Man Utd spending

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd press conference December 2019

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned fans to be “realistic” about the club’s spending this summer.

As well as a new centre-back, the Red Devils reportedly want a new forward, with Jadon Sancho still on their radar.

But Solskjaer has noted that financial burdens within the club are already putting a dent in his side’s funds.

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