As negotiations for Raphael Varane advance, Manchester United may have a secret tool to cut his transfer fee.
United may reduce Real Madrid’s asking price by utilizing one of their undervalued assets.
Diogo Dalot might be used as a makeweight by Manchester United in their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane this summer. United are making headway in their pursuit of Varane, but Dalot might still be a valuable bargaining piece for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Varane is the latest piece in Solskjaer’s puzzle, following the £73 million purchase of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Sancho is expected to be revealed shortly after completing a physical with the Old Trafford club.
Although a deal for Varane is still a long way off, United are optimistic that it will be done in the coming weeks.
Varane’s Real contract is coming to an end in the next 12 months, and despite the club offering him new terms, it is believed that they would prefer sell this summer than lose him for free in a year.
United tried twice to sign him, once before he moved from Lens to Real Madrid in 2011 and again after France’s World Cup victory in 2018, and it appears that third time will be the charm this summer.
Varane is presently on holiday with his family following Euro 2020, according to the Manchester Evening News. They are ‘inching closer every day’ and stay cool about the situation, according to the Manchester Evening News.
While progress is being made, United and Real Madrid have yet to agree on a transfer fee, which is where Dalot might come in helpful.
Dalot has only made 34 appearances for United since joining for £18 million from Porto in 2018. He spent last season on loan with AC Milan.
Given Aaron Wan-form Bissaka’s and United’s ambitions to recruit Kieran Trippier this summer, the Portuguese full-back has two years left on his contract but does not look to have a future at the club.
Milan is allegedly interested in another loan, but United wants a permanent transfer to free up finances for other projects.
According to the Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is an admirer of Dalot.
Real already have Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola at right-back, but they may be interested in signing Dalot after Ancelotti suggested him to Everton’s management. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”