Manchester United have an ‘upper hand’ in their chase for Real Madrid’s Raphaël Varane, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 28-year-old has a year left on his contract and his decision to not renew has left Los Blancos in the ‘weakest position’ among the three parties.

As reported earlier the Spanish side are still hoping to convince the player to extend his current deal.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side cannot afford to let the defender leave for free, taking into account his qualities and current market value of €70m. Their intention is to sell him this summer.

United are aware of Real Madrid’s position and also know the centre-back want to change clubs. Therefore, they are ‘waiting’ for the La Liga side to ‘soften up’ their stance.

Both clubs are in ‘permanent contact’, through calls, emails and faxes, but the report says the contact is ‘not being effective’.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side look to drag the operation in order to put ‘more pressure’ on the Spanish giants. 

The Frenchman’s is ‘calm’ and in order to not show any disrespect towards the club, he will join Real Madrid’s pre-season training. He ‘proceeds without acts of rebellion or misdeeds’ of any kind.

As things stand, the Old Trafford side ‘dominate operation Varane’ and are ‘waiting’ for Real Madrid to ‘soften up’.

There’s enough time for the deal to be completed and United are playing the waiting game so that they can sign Varane for a cheaper price.

Time should tell whether or not it will pay off.