'I've been told': Journalist claims reported £51.7m Chelsea target wants to remain at current club
Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast stated that Raphael Varane would rather stay at Real Madrid amidst apparent interest from Chelsea.
Varane is seemingly on the brink of leaving Madrid after talks over a new contract are yet to climatise.
Eurosport reported that the Blues are monitoring his situation and could well hijack Manchester United’s transfer plans.
Both are in the market for a new central defender and few come more experienced or decorated than the France international.
Since signing for Los Blancos in 2011, Varane has won four Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles, and a World Cup.
However, McGarry dropped a bit of a bombshell surrounding the 28-year-old’s situation.
He said: “I have been told by someone close to Varane, that he would definitely prefer to say at Madrid and signing a new contract.
“However, the wages are around £300,000-per-week in terms of what he’s asking for.”
This could be a massive blow for Chelsea and especially United, who are insistent on buying the Frenchman.
Madrid have already lost Sergio Ramos to Paris Saint-Germain and wouldn’t want to lose the other half of a defensive partnership that’s served them so well over the years.
Yet, there is still hope in the Blues and United’s respective pursuits.
With Varane’s salary demands at such a high level, the Spanish side might have no choice but to ship him on.
His price stands at £51.7m (Telegraph), respectively quite a modest fee for a player of his caliber.