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Real Madrid are still hoping to cash in on Raphael Varane this summer, despite news that Sergio Ramos will leave the club.
Los Blancos confirmed that their current captain Ramos, will leave the club, ending his long stint at the Bernabeu.
Ramos is set to become a free agent and reports claimed he snubbed a new offer from Real, with Florentino Perez only willing to offer a one-year deal at only 90% of his current salary.
That means he will move on to pastures new in the upcoming window, with Real confirming the 35-year-old will address the media before his departure.
Sergio Ramos is set to leave Real Madrid, the club have confirmed
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“ Real Madrid CF announces that today Thursday, June 17, at 12:30 pm, an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos will take place, with the presence of our president Florentino Pérez,” the statement reads.
Ramos has been the defensive lynchpin for Real for more than a decade, but recently his age has appeared to catch up with him, suffering a number of injuries.
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Varane has become that experienced leader in his absence, but new boss Carlo Ancelotti looks as if he will also have to cope without him.
The World Cup winner has just one year remaining on his current deal and like Ramos, is reluctant to take a pay cut due to Real Madrid’s huge financial difficulties.
That means the Spaniards could be forced to sell this summer, or else risk losing him for nothing in 12 months.
Manchester United are believed to be at the front of the queue for Varane, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to add defensive reinforcements.
The United boss acknowledges that he must upgrade at centre-back after refusing to do so going into last season.
Solskjaer trusted the duo of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, but a leaky defence plagued much of their season and a move is now likely.
Varane could also leave the Bernabeu this summer
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Spanish radio station Cadene SER’s El Larguero show claim that Varane is still “very likely” to leave before the start of the 2021/22 campaign, even in the wake of Ramos’ imminent departure.
Recent reports have suggested that Los Blancos could be willing to accept a bid in the region of £52million, a valuation that would surely seem desirable for a player still at the peak of their powers.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United have lodged their opening offer for the player, testing Real's resilience with a £50m bid.
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Solskjaer has made it abundantly clear to owners at Old Trafford that United must be active in the upcoming window, if they are to close the gap on champions Manchester City.
In the wake of the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, he said he needed “two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad”.
He followed that up with an interview with TV2 , he has again urged those in charge to carry out his plan to strengthen the squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear United needed to improve the starting XI
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“We are second best, but too far behind to threaten those who won. Then we have to strengthen ourselves,” he explained.
“Of course, something will happen in the transfer window,” Solskjaer continued. “The world has become very different than 15-16 months ago, but we have to make some moves on the transfer window, but also with the team.
“It is never possible to sit back. You are constantly looking for reinforcements.”