Real Madrid Ready To Offload Varane To Sign Bonucci

Real Madrid's Marcelo and Raphael Varane.

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The Spanish giants have already begun their search for Raphael Varane’s replacement.

Madrid have started some big preparations ahead of the summer transfer window. While the potential targets for Zinedine Zidane’s side are being chalked out, Varane is one of the few names who may be offloaded.

The Bernabeu hierarchy is interested in Juventus centre-half Leonardo Bonucci due to a similar level of class and experience at a top club.

According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Varane is considered ‘spoiled’ at Madrid. And it is believed the 23-year-old France international still has the option to join Manchester United.

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He arrived at Real Madrid when Jose Mourinho was in charge and the Portuguese tactician is still a big fan of the defender.

The United boss is keen to bolster his backline and has been interested in reuniting with Varane at Old Trafford. The news outlet further claim Madrid are well aware of Mourinho’s pursuit.

While compatriot and boss Zidane does protect him within the squad, Varane is still searching for a regular spot. And if Bonucci arrives, Madrid will perhaps open the door to an exit.

Leonardo Bonucci celebrates after scoring.

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However, Juventus tied down 29-year-old Bonucci to a new contract as recently as December.

But Madrid are convinced they will reach an agreement with the Serie A champions, although it may mean including a player in a deal.

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Varane returned from a spell on the sidelines to start against Alaves at the start of this month, but the France centre-back lasted just 10 minutes before limping off again.

Pepe has also fractured two ribs during the Madrid derby and that leaves Real with Sergio Ramos and Nacho, the only two centre-backs available right now.


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