Chelsea and Manchester United have received a boost by signing Raphael Varane, who is set to leave Real Madrid this summer.
The Frenchman has been with Los Blancos for a decade, recording more than 350 appearances in all competitions for them.
His current contract with the club expires in just 14 months and the hierarchy has yet to convince him to sign an extension.
In a recent press conference, Varane said he was 100% committed to the club, but added that he was focusing on the end of the season.
AS now report that the center-back is ready to part ways with Los Blancos not making serious efforts to renew his contract.
It is added that the club are bracing for David Alaba’s arrival on a free transfer, and could use some of the funds from Varane’s sale to buy a young center-back.
Pau Torres from Villarreal and Jules Kounde from Seville are mentioned as possible options.
Varane has been asked several times about his future yesterday, and he has not confirmed whether he will be with the club next season.
This gives an indication that he might move on at the end of the campaign and that there could be a lot of interest in his services.
Chelsea and United have been linked with him on a regular basis, and the duo could engage in a bidding battle to clinch the World Cup winner.
Los Blancos value Varane at around € 70million (£ 61million), and the Blues could be in a good position to sign him ahead of United.
United recently signed Eric Bailly on a new three-year deal, and there are doubts about pursuing another center-back.
On the contrary, the Blues seem more likely to recruit a central defender with the uncertain future of several central defenders on the team.
Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta have their contracts expiring in 14 months as Thiago Silva’s deal comes to an end this summer.
Varane has become the club’s main defensive target at the ‘express request’ of Tuchel, who will likely be backed by funds to make his own signings.
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