Real Madrid have made Raphael Varane an offer to extend his contract at the club, but they are yet to receive a response from the French centre-back.
The 28-year-old, who has a contract until June 2022, has won everything at Real Madrid and has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
An offer to match
Varane, in theory, will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs from January 1 if he stays at Real Madrid and an agreement over a new contract is not reached.
He currently earns 5.5 million euros per year, with Los Blancos having offered him a new deal with increased terms, but the reality is that both Manchester United and PSG can offer him a more lucrative contract, particularly if he joins on a free next summer.
It is not all about money for Varane, though. Real Madrid understand that he wants to try something new, having been at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu since he was 18 years old.
Nevertheless, they are determined to keep hold of Varane and do not want to lose both him and Sergio Ramos in the same summer, with the Real Madrid captain looking increasingly likely to depart when his contract expires on June 30.
The player is in no hurry
Varane is currently focused on France’s efforts at this summer’s European Championship, but Real Madrid ideally want to know what is happening with regard to the player’s future. As of today, only Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao are guaranteed to continue as the club’s centre-backs, with David Alaba also at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal from next season.
The departure of Varane, coupled with that of Ramos, would force Los Blancos to go into the transfer market in search of a replacement, as Jesus Vallejo and Victor Chust are not sufficient enough cover, assuming both remain at the club.
The Ancelotti factor
Something that may end up proving pivotal is the return of Ancelotti as head coach, with Varane having truly broken into the starting line-up during the Italian’s first spell at Real Madrid.
In Ancelotti’s first season in charge he played 23 games, with that figure doubling to 46 in Carletto’s second season on the bench – his highest appearance total in a season whilst he has been a Real Madrid player. Last season, Varane made 41 appearances for Los Blancos.