Real Madrid and Manchester United have sped up negotiations over the permanent transfer of Raphael Varane.
Real Madrid bid farewell to their long-term serving captain, Sergio Ramos, this summer after his contract expired. The Spaniard departed as a free agent after 16 years of service and recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal.
His counterpart in defence, Raphael Varane, is also now expected to follow suit towards the exit door after being linked with Manchester United. The World Cup winner is on the lookout for a new challenge in his career after spending a decade at the Spanish capital- winning every club competition. At the age of 28, Varane considers a move to the Premier League to be the next step in cementing his legacy as one of the world’s best defenders.
According to Goal’s journalist Mario Cortegana, Real Madrid and Manchester United have sped up negotiations over the sale of the centre-back and are close to finalising a deal soon. A transfer fee around the ballpark of 45-55 million euros is being negotiated at the moment before Los Blancos sanction a permanent sale.
Despite Raphael Varane’s exit looking imminent, the Merengues have decided against the idea of signing a replacement and Carlo Ancelotti would have to make do with a depleted defence for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
David Alaba’s arrival is the only reinforcement of the summer for the Italian since Florentino Perez has decided against any further signings in this window, as per Radio Marca. The Austrian’s versatility will come in handy for Ancelotti as he is primarily a left-back but has the skill-set and experience of playing as a centre-back as displayed during his tenure with Bayern Munich and for Austria on international duty.
With that being said, the former Everton manager will have Alaba, Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez as his options to play centre-back. Victor Chust could also be promoted to the senior team, however, the youngster lacks experience and may struggle in the senior team.
Real Madrid’s decision of not signing a replacement for Raphael Varane may backfire if they lose out any one of the first-choice centre-backs to a long-term injury.