Manchester United are set to seek a solution to their interest in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane before turning their attention to other targets to ensure they stay within their budget for the summer transfer window, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
United have been encouraged that a deal for Varane is possible after entering into negotiations with the Frenchman’s representatives over personal terms. Once an agreement is in place, they will look to begin talks with Madrid over a fee but sources have told ESPN that funds are limited after committing £72.9m on a deal for Jadon Sancho.
Reports in Spain have suggested Madrid would accept around €50m for the 28-year-old, who has entered the last year of his contract, but there have been suggestions at Old Trafford that even that would be too high and a compromise would have to be found.
Because of the financial constraints, United will first assess what it will take to bring in Varane — the top target for Solskjaer and the recruitment team — before deciding whether it is possible to pursue other targets.