After months of speculation, Manchester United has finally contacted Real Madrid to sign their center-back, Raphael Varane. Manchester United began executing their transfer window plan last week, officially announcing the signing of Jaden Sancho, which they were planning for months.
Getting a new center-back was also among their top priorities last season. United reportedly kept a close eye on Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos to upgrade their defense. Both center-backs were rumored to be unhappy at the club, which now seems true. Ramos has already left for PSG, and it doesn't seem like Varane will resign either.
According to The Daily Express, Varane has already agreed on personal terms with United. However, Romano believes that the signing won't be as easy as Sancho's. Real Madrid seems determined to keep him till his contract expires, which is next summer. The club president, Florentino Perez, reportedly wants to make the signing as difficult as possible' (TEAMtalk). To add to Manchester United's difficulties. Chelsea, who are also involved in other transfer races with United, seem to be bidding for Varane as well. The Blues are aware that they will need a long-term replacement for Thiago Silva, and Varane is a great option.
Madrid's move to hike up the transfer fee could result in United failing to sign Varane. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned the team wants to make several key signings. They will have to do so within a 'difficult financial market. Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News further reports that finances will be 'tricky' this summer.
The budget Manchester United has depends on the sale of one or two players. Paul Pogba's contract extension, which the team hopes to finish within next season. While the deal may take longer than usual to finalize, all signs currently suggest that Manchester United will sign Raphael Varane.