Real Madrid welcomed the second coming of Zinedine Zidane as manager with much pomp at the tailend of the season. The manager deemed their campaign already over, as he now prepares for the oncoming season, and with star defender Rafael Varane linked with a move away from Spain, Real have offered a pay raise in order to convince him to stay.
Varane, who is seriously valued not only by Real but also by Zidane, is linked with a move away from the Spanish capital this summer, as he enters the final two years left on his present 4-year contract he signed in 2017.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will be hoping to add the World Cup winning centre-back to their aging squad, while Serie A champions Juventus, facing an identical problem, will be aiming to bolster their backline as both Chiellini and Bonucci aren’t growing any younger. Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to rejuvenate a revived Manchester United squad for the upcoming season and has his eyes firmly set on Varane.
The 25-year old French international, who is valued at €80m, is on a €6m a year fee. And as Zidane hopes to make a fresh start next year, neither he nor the club wish the defender to leave. French media outlet L’Equipe report that the Los Blancos will try to entice him to stay by offering him a pay raise which will see his wages rise upto €9m a year.
However, should Varane decide against staying, the European champions are said to have found a perfect alternative in highly rated Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Above all, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are said to be leading the race to sign the defender.