Real Madrid will be settling on the future of two central defenders – Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, at once this summer.
Ramos’ future at the club is said to be linked with the situation around Varane hence, Madrid will first look to resolve the situation around the Frenchman and then they will look at the contract of the Spaniard, according to .
Real Madrid had approached Rafale a few months ago with a new contract but the 28-year-old did show any interest in the draft agreement. The defender demands a significant wage increment, which does not fit with Real Madrid’s current strategy, and for the same Varane’s entourage made a counter-offer to Madrid a few weeks ago. The club is signing new players, negotiating salary reductions, and there will be no exceptions for Varane.
Real Madrid are certainly amenable to consider the option of selling the Frenchman. Madrid would agree to let Raphael Varane leave the club for a sum close to €70m.
However, Madrid has already agreed to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba on a free agent basis. They also have Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao, who was bought for €50m from Porto.
In this way, Real Madrid can support keeping only one central defender – and that could be one among Varane or Ramos. If they fail to sell the Frenchman this summer, the Spaniard is likely to not sign a new contract with Real Madrid. But Ramos can sign an extended deal if Real Madrid finds a buyer for Varane. Therefore the future of both the players is linked.
Real Madrid believes that the contract should be signed on a 1+1 scheme, especially given the Spaniard’s recent injuries, although the 35-year-old defender wants a 2-year deal. The difference of opinion over the term of the agreement is the main obstacle to negotiations.