Real Madrid have set an asking price for Raphael Varane as Chelsea and Man City join Man United in pursuit – .

Real Madrid have set an asking price for Raphael Varane as Chelsea and Man City join Man United in pursuit – .

Raphael Varane is set to leave Real Madrid this summer (Photo by Denis Doyle / Getty Images)

Real Madrid are resigned to losing Raphael Varane this summer and will likely sell him to a Premier League club for around £ 40million, according to reports.

The Frenchman has spent the last decade at the Bernabeu, winning four Champions League titles and the league title three times.

However, the World Cup winner has just one year to complete his contract in the Spanish capital and he has hinted he is unwilling to sign an extension as he wants a new challenge elsewhere.

This alerted Manchester United, who have long regarded Varane as their ideal signing as center-back.

Varane is valued between £ 40-45million (Photo by Anthony Dibon / Icon Sport via Getty Images) Photographer: Anthony Dibon Provider: Icon Sport via Getty Images Source: Icon Sport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a central partner for Harry Maguire and the Norwegian has been given around £ 150million to spend on his side this summer.

Madrid are keen on keeping Varane, but will not allow him to close his contract in order to leave for free in 2022 and Athletic claim the Spaniards will reluctantly accept a deal worth between £ 40m and £ 45m for the defender.

Although United are described as the most realistic destination for Varane, rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are credited with an interest in the defender.

Madrid are in serious financial difficulty and have put up for sale Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard.

The club are hopeful that a good European Championship could help spark more interest in Varane, especially with Paris Saint-Germain in need of defensive reinforcements.

United have considered a move for Villarreal defender Pau Torres and know the Spaniard has a £ 51million release clause in his contract.

However, Varane’s added experience and speed would make him a potentially better partner for Maguire.

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