Manchester United are not giving up on Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
The MEN report United have submitted a £50 million offer for Varane.
This has been turned down, with Real Madrid demanding a ludicrous £80 million.
Varane may be worth £80 million, but he has just one year remaining on his current deal. So there is no way United will be paying that kind of fee.
Real will demand as much as possible early on in the transfer window. But when they realise nobody will pay their asking price, they will have to come back to reality.
What does Varane want?
It’s quite possible Varane has not decided his future just yet. United fans have always been suspicious he would end up staying at Real Madrid.
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reported Varane’s objective is to sign with Paris Saint-Germain.
But if United push harder for Varane and show him how much he is wanted, he could change his mind.
Varane certainly appears to be United’s top centre-back target at this stage of the transfer window.
If he signs with PSG or renews with Real, United will be required to look elsewhere.
The question for United is how much time the club are willing to invest in Varane.
Potentially a whole month or so could be wasted waiting for Varane’s decision and negotiating with Real, which could be spent on signing other targets.
It is still early days, and Varane will be worth the hassle if United can get him. But if five or six weeks are spent on him and then the club miss out, this pursuit will be seen as a big mis-step by the board.
Varane impressed in France’s opening game at Euro 2020 as he helped shut out Germany in a 1-0 victory.
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