Real Madrid are bracing for a massive bid from Manchester City, who achieved relief earlier in the week when their European sanctions were eased out.

Manchester City have had a crucial couple of weeks of late. Having played some brilliant football, the Citizens cemented their second place finish behind Liverpool and saw the Court of Arbitration for Sport lift their European ban. It now means that the club can play in the UEFA Champions League 2020/21 and it will naturally equip them to spend more.

While they were expected to have a major rebuild after losing out to Liverpool by head and shoulders in the Premier League, City’s major concern was whether they could hold onto their current squad as a result of the ban. Other players also who are at a calibre of playing for the Sky Blues would prefer to play in the Champions League as well.

However, their biggest tension is now non-existent as now Manchester City can comfortably plan to spend majorly. Pep Guardiola’s biggest concern is his leaky backline and in order to find reliable cover for Aymeric Laporte, he wants to turn to Real Madrid in hopes of landing Raphael Varane during the off-season, Express UK has reported.

Raphael Varane has won it all at the Santiago Bernabeu in nine years as a first-team player. The France international’s biggest highlight is certainly the four Champions League medals, but a host of other trophies to his name make his challenge a complete one across Spain. The Citizens are hopeful they can lure him to England.

Zinedine Zidane considers his compatriot a crucial part of his squad and many at the club hold Varane in high regard. Aged just 27, he is seen as a successor for Sergio Ramos when it comes to inheriting the captain’s armband and his overall quality still seems to be on the upward rise as well.

Varane is valued at 80 million euros by the Merengues but given that he is still at the peak of his powers, they may not budge until the Citizens propose even an offer in the three figure millions. In addition to that, the World Cup winner himself has also never expressed a desire to leave Spain and this transfer has a very low chance of going forward, all things considered.

Pep Guardiola is not happy with the City backline and it’s evident with the starting elevens he has opted for of late. A 19-year-old Eric Garcia has been employed in the heart of defence and the manager has shown more trust in the young Spaniard than he has in the likes of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi of late. Laporte continues to be his favourite.

Since Vincent Kompany’s departure, the club has struggled defensively and their lapses at the back are a chief reason why they lag so far behind Liverpool. With Aymeric Laporte also having suffered a long-term injury earlier on in the campaign, the Premier League giants’ problems got graver and Fernandinho or Rodri were forced to play as central defenders.

City are certainly ambitious heading into the transfer window, but they may have exceeded even their own transfer expectations by going for Varane who is staying put at Real Madrid. Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar or Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly are more realistic options for them as both Italian giants are willing to listen to offers for their star centre backs.

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