The centre-back has less than 18 months to run on his contract with Zinedine Zidane’s side and though Real are keen to keep Varane, they will not let him enter the last season of his contract without extending his deal.
The Spaniards are under huge financial pressure and they cannot afford to lose Varane on the cheap in 2022, so they have therefore decided to cash in this summer if he makes it clear that he will not sign a new deal.
Varane is believed to be keen to experience life away from the Bernabeu and AS say he must inform the board of his decision before the transfer window opens so that they club can prepare for negotiations with United.
United missed out on Varane in 2012 when Real used Zidane to persuade the defender to reject a move to Old Trafford.
However, the Frenchman has long been thought of as the perfect signing to strengthen the club’s defence and Ed Woodward privately admitted in years gone by that the club would be willing to break their transfer record to sign Varane.
Real therefore face the prospect of losing Varane and Sergio Ramos in the same summer but they are aware that Varane’s decision does not hinge on his salary and they therefore think there’s little they can do to persuade him to stay if he decides he wants to experience a new club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to use nearly three-quarters of his budget on signing a defender, while he hopes to boost his funds by selling the likes of Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot.
United are on course to finish in the top four and should they manage to do so, it will be first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement that the club have managed consecutive qualifications for the Champions League.