Raphael Varane leaning towards leaving Real Madrid in the summer

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Raphael Varane could be heading for the exit door at the Bernabeu
Raphael Varane could be heading for the exit door at the Bernabeu / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Raphael Varane is seriously considering asking for a move away from Real Madrid in the summer, amid interest from the Premier League.

Rumours about the Frenchman's future have been rife over the past few months, with contract negotiations between club and player continuing to stall.

Raphael Varane
Varane has won the Champions League four times with Real / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Varane - who is one of the best centre-backs in the world - currently has less than one-and-a-half years left to run on his Santiago Bernabeu deal and if he does not agree an extension, he would be able to depart on a free transfer in summer 2022.

According to AS, Varane could depart Los Blancos even sooner, with the defender thinking of requesting a transfer at the end of the current campaign. Although he has not expressly told Real that he wants to leave yet, if he does try to force a move the club are unlikely to stand in his way. It has long been reported that Varane is looking for a new challenge after a highly successful decade in the Spanish capital, with AS claiming that the Premier League is his most likely destination.

Manchester United have been heavily linked as they try to find a reliable defensive partner for Harry Maguire, who became the most expensive defender of all time back in 2019. Varane is not United's only target, though. Tyrone Mings and Braga youngster David Carmo are two other names that have been mentioned.

It is thought that Real have already started eyeing up Varane's replacement, with a deal for Bayern Munich's David Alaba in its advances stages. Villarreal defender Pau Torres, who has impressed for the Yellow Submarine over the past few seasons, is another target.

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who is rated as one of the best young defenders in Europe, is also being considered, although Real will likely face significant competition for his signature from across the continent.