European powerhouses may be alerted to the availability of a top defender soon. Increasingly the availability of players is no longer a foregone conclusion with the buttressed markets in the post-pandemic era easing certain transfer fee scenarios.
With many clubs looking to make a profit off players more readily than usual, it is fair to say that more sales may be sanctioned than is usually the norm.
As such, letting players go for free may be the avoidable route for several clubs with the intent of capitalizing on transfers towards the end of contracts being the likely trend.
In accordance with this, Marca reports that Real Madrid will try to sell Raphael Varane if they are unable to renew his contract prior to the next summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old Frenchman has not made active moves to extend his stay at the Bernabeu beyond 2022 just yet. It is this uncertainty that may prompt the La Liga giants to try and make the most out of a potential sale.
However, the report does add that Madrid’s first priority would still be to try and pin him down to a long-term deal. This is understandable given the looming uncertainty around Sergio Ramos’ future as well.
Incidentally, the report cites a speculative transfer fee of €50 million for the centre-back. As for potential suitors, the past interest of PSG and Manchester United, as well as the speculated interest of Chelsea and Juventus, are all factors that Los Blancos are allegedly aware of.
It will be interesting to see if the higher-ups at the club sanction a sale given how precarious their roster has been for some time now.