Real Madrid slash defender’s price amid Man United transfer speculation

Real Madrid has reportedly slashed their asking price for defender Raphael Varane to just £43m.

Varane, 27, joined Real Madrid in 2011 after making a £9m switch from French side Lens.

During his 10-years at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 2018 World Cup winner has had a huge hand in his side lifting a whopping 18 major trophies, including four Champions League.

However, despite being one of Europe’s most decorated and highly-rated defenders, Varane’s long-term future in Spain continues to be cast into doubt.

The commanding Frenchman’s contract with Los Blancos is set to expire in less than 18-months time and there is growing speculation he could join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils.

According to a recent report from OkDiario, Real Madrid’s hierarchy have concerns over whether or not Varane can perform at the highest level when centre-back partner Sergio Ramos is not playing alongside him.

The fact the defender’s contract is set to expire next summer has only added to concerns that the La Liga giants may look to offload sooner rather than later.

It has been claimed that in light of his uncertain future, Real Madrid may demand just £43m for his services.

United and arch-rivals Liverpool have both been linked with a potential move.

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