It’s no secret that Manchester United are keen on snapping up Raphael Varane.
The Real Madrid defender has long been a Red Devil target and speculation United could sign the Frenchman this summer is the highest it has been for some time.
But, of course, transfers aren’t always straight forward.
Varane is out of contract next summer, which means Real Madrid must either tie down the centre-back to a new deal now or sell him for a cut-price fee to at least make some money for him.
Letting him leave the club on a free next year is simply not an option.
Varane should be worth around £90million, but Man United will be able to get him for a fee of around £40million.
This is a huge boost for a number of reasons, namely, financially.
Should Man United part with just £40million to sign Varane then they will be able to offer him a lucrative wage packet that could be the difference between him signing for the Premier League giants and snubbing them.
United used this ploy when enticing Edinson Cavani last summer and Zlatan Ibrahimovic a few seasons before that. And according to Defensa Central, the Red Devils are now prepared to offer Varane a huge fee of around £10million a season to join.
The lack of a transfer fee – or at least a significantly reduced transfer fee in this case – means the bank won’t be broken to snap up Varane and it is ultimately a win-win for both parties.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made signing a defender a priority as he is keen to partner someone with Harry Maguire ahead of the new season.
Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier in recent weeks as competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Up top, United remain linked with Dortmund duo Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
And, Harry Kane is of course still on the Red Devils’ transfer wishlist, although Cavani extending his contract at Old Trafford for another season means this is now less of a priority.
Cavani was expected to head home to South American and perhaps play in the Argentine league when his one-year contract neared expiration last month.
But the Uruguayan striker penned a new deal at United.
Cavani said: “Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents. I feel a deep bond with my teammates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.
“From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.
“I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field. I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.”