Raphael Varane has expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid this summer and return to France. The defender has reportedly rejected a new contract renewal proposal by the Madrid board.
Varane’s contract ends in June 2022 and his entourage has been stalling on talks to extend his contract. The Madrid board were confident that Varane would sign a new contract but his refusal to extend with the Spanish club forces them to make the player available on the market.
Manchester United was also reportedly interested in signing the 27-year old centre back however Varane desires a return back to France and rejected the Premier League club’s advances. Paris Saint-Germain has expressed interest in the defender and newly appointed PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to bolster the defensive options at his disposal.
This leaves Real Madrid at crossroads as club captain and defender Sergio Ramos has been stalling on talks to extend his contract. Real Madrid will have to look at the market for new centre backs and have put an asking price of 60 million euros on Varane as they hope to reinvest this money into a new centre back. Madrid’s reported targets include Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Villareal’s Pau Torres and Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte. The three targets mentioned are highly sought out by Barcelona, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid too. But Madrid hopes to sign their defensive targets through the money made from the sale of Varane.