Chelsea and Man Utd in Raphael Varane transfer boost as 'Real Madrid will not fight to keep £61m-rated defender'

RAPHAEL VARANE has edged closer to the Real Madrid exit door after refusing to commit his future to the club.

Reports claim how Manchester United and Chelsea will battle it out for his signature in the summer.

World Cup winner Varane has just a year left on his contract at the Bernabeu and has yet to agree on new terms.

It could force the cash-strapped side to sell this summer or risk losing him for nothing.

Varane, 28, was quizzed on his uncertain future ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League encounter with Chelsea.

According to AS, he gave the Premier League duo a transfer boost by only responding: "I am focused on giving everything in this season finale."

The report adds how Varane has been preparing his departure for months and the club have made no special effort to retain his services.

With a market value of around £61million, Los Blancos know his fee will help ease financial woes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Real Madrid are already set to bolster their defence with the signing of David Alaba on a free transfer.

But their priority remains landing a new striker with Kylian Mbappe the No1 target.

It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid can put together a financial package to sign the Frenchman – thought to be around £102m.

Man United and Chelsea are both in the market for a commanding central defender this summer.

Although they could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will have the opportunity to get a closer look at Varane on Tuesday.

The Blues head to Madrid for the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final.

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