United still need to reach final agreement with Real Madrid, and though they appear to be close, as Marca report, they could face some late competition with Chelsea (re-)emerging from the discard pile of the rumor mill.
That sounds little more than a last gasp effort by Real to wring out more than €50m from United by way of a bidding war against Chelsea. Los Blancos value their long-time defender at €70m, but unless someone else makes a strong play, they are stuck with whatever United’s offering for a player in the last year of his contract.
Raphaël Varane is on verge to join Manchester United. The 28-year-old centre-back agreed with #MUFC on personal terms. Contract until 2026. Now the clubs have to find a solution. Real Madrid want a bit more than €50. All parties confident the deal will happen soon. @SPORT1— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) July 17, 2021
Unfortunately for them, Chelsea’s presence in this rumor is purely speculative and while we’ve been linked with a few center backs (Jules Koundé, for example), we’re more likely to keep selling them than paying €50m+ for one. Varane will be an excellent signing for United however, which could be a concern for us and the rest of the Premier League title-hopefuls.
Situation clear on Varane side. He’s ready to accept Manchester United contract proposal until 2026 if the agreement between clubs with Real Madrid will be reached in the next days/weeks. #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 17, 2021
Varane will be respectful with Real - but he’d love a Premier League experience. https://t.co/ltluFh8KSW