Club president says reported Chelsea target can leave this summer 'if he wants to'
Real Madrid president Florentio Perez said Raphael Varane might leave the club this summer amid reported interest from Chelsea.
Last week, Fabrizio Romano (via The Here We Go podcast) claimed that two English clubs; Chelsea and Manchester United, have been pushing to sign the 28-year-old defender.
In this week’s episode of The Here We Go podcast, the Italian transfer expert further added that Varane wants to “try something new” and is “definitely” on Chelsea’s transfer wishlist.
The France international’s contract with Real Madrid will end next summer (2022), and so far, there has been no agreement between him and the club.
Interestingly, Perez admitted that Real Madrid might allow the centre-back to leave this summer due to his contract situation.
“We have not yet spoken with him, and I don’t know what he wants — he’s at the Euro,” the Real Madrid chief told Spanish radio Onda Cero.
“He has one year of contract left, and we have not received an offer for Varane.
“He is a gentleman. If he wants to stay he will stay, otherwise he will leave.”
Perez still insisted that the club will try to begin new contract talks after the Euro 2020, but this could be an opportunity for Chelsea to bring in a new defender as they have reportedly been planning.
With just a year left in his contract, it is also unlikely that Real Madrid would set an unaffordable price tag.
Although, given they have already lost Sergio Ramos on a free transfer this summer, it will be surprising if Real Madrid do not offer a huge pay rise for Varane to keep him in Madrid.