The Real Madrid centre-back has been linked with a move to the Premier League during this summer’s transfer window.
Chelsea have been told how much they need to pay in order to sign Raphael Varane ahead of Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
The Real Madrid defender is available this summer with just one year remaining on his contract, putting Los Blancos in a position where they will need to sell ahead of next season if they can’t agree a new deal with the Frenchman.
Chelsea have just extended Thiago Silva’s contract by one year, but with the veteran not getting any younger, there aren’t too many better replacements out there than Varane, who has won four Champions League titles with Madrid, as well as a World Cup on the international stage.
Chelsea and United have been linked with a move for the defender for some time, and now Spanish broadcaster Josep Pedrerol has revealed on El Chingruito TV that Madrid are assuming Varane will leave the club and will accept a bid of around 60million euros (£51.8m).
He would certainly be a welcomed addition at Stamford Bridge, and former Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman previously made it clear that he is worth that fee.
“I think Rafa’s at the right age to come into the Premier League. He’s got a year left of his contract in Madrid, with Real said to want between €40m and €60m to let him go,” McManaman told HorseRacing.net in May.
“There’s probably a deal to be done but he’s at a decent enough age (28 years old) and can still play for a long time. I know he hasn’t played recently and he’s had a few injuries this year, but his form’s been relatively good.
“And he’s won everything: the World Cup, numerous Champions Leagues. Virgil van Dijk was a lot of money. Harry Maguire, who’s done really well for Man Utd, was a lot of money.”
Varane stated he was committed to Madrid earlier in the year, but now that the season is over, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s keen on a move to the Premier League.