It’s quite rare for El Confidencial to join the transfer rumour fray these days, but sometimes they do take the plunge, which is exactly what’s happened on Wednesday.
Publishing an article early in the morning, the newspaper look at the Raphaël Varane situation and Manchester United’s interest in the player.
Over at Real Madrid, El Confidencial make it clear that Florentino Pérez knows ‘you have to make money’ from the sale, as he is one of the few who could leave on a free next sumer.
Thankfully for him, Varane ‘still has a high value’, but it is ‘urgent’ to listen to the offers that come from the Premier League, as they are the ones who are feeling the crisis the least compared to others around Europe.
Manchester United, at this point, are labeled ‘the most interested in the French central defender’, and ‘have been negotiating with the player for some time’.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are reportedly ‘close to reaching an agreement regarding salary and years’, which Real Madrid have allowed them to do because ‘there is no way to compete with the offer of the English’.
In fact, El Confidencial believe Manchester United will ‘double Varane’s salary’ and that’s why the La Liga giants have decided not to try and improve his contract.
The player ‘wants to leave Madrid’, which is why ‘Florentino Pérez does not put obstacles to the player, but pressures Manchester United to raise the price as much as possible’.
While the ‘aspiration’ is €60m, they know that ‘making cash for more than €50m is already considered a success’.
They believe ‘the end has come for a player who was better with Sergio Ramos’, and Varane’s sale will ‘help cushion the blow of the crisis’ as Madrid will not try and replace him with the likes of Jules Koundé or Pau Torres.
As for Carlo Ancelotti, who was appointed recently as their new manager, he ‘can do nothing to stop the Frenchman’s departure’ and will have to ‘work with what he has’.