Real Madrid are still waiting for a response from centre back Raphael Varane over a contract offer on the table that hopes to secure his currently uncertain future at the Bernabeu.
Varane only has one more season left on the long-term deal he signed in 2017 and has been widely tipped in recent months to seek a new challenge this summer.
The pressure is on Real to convince the four-time Champions League winner to sign a new deal as soon as possible, otherwise they must sell him to the highest bidder while he still has a transfer value to avoid losing him as a free agent this time next year.
The longer this situation drags on, the more his value is likely to fall if the club do end up selling.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the two clubs that have been most heavily linked with Varane, but Real are keen for him to stay, not least because Sergio Ramos also looks to be heading towards the exit this summer as his contracts runs down.
Marca writes that Real submitted their contract offer to Varane ‘a month ago’. The proposed renewal is said to be an improvement on his existing deal worth €5.5m per season after tax, but it is noted that United or PSG could potentially still offer him more than that.
Parallels are also drawn with the way Real themselves offered new signing David Alaba more money than he would have got had he stayed at Bayern Munich.
Yet the major motivating factor for Varane is the chance to try something new, having joined Real at the age of just 18 and winning everything there is to win over the last ten years. For now, though, he is said to be in no rush to decide his future and is first focusing on Euro 2020 with France.
It likely means Real will need to keep waiting before they get an answer either way.