Romano made the statement on Twitter, where he has 3.6 million followers, amid conflicting reports that Varane had not mentioned any desire as yet, to leave the Spanish capital:
Manchester United are in direct contact with Real Madrid for Raphaël Varane since one week. Varane wants a Premier League experience but he’ll be respectful. He’s not breaking his relationship with Real. ???? #MUFC
It’s up to the two clubs to reach an agreement. Talks on.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 21, 2021
Twitter fans showed their impatience in reply to the tweet.
But Romano asserted that the deal would not be easy or quick to conclude given the stature of the parties involved.
problem is yours if you think that negotiations between two of the best clubs in the world for one of the best CB in the world with agents etc involved are so easy as on Fifa career mode… ????????????♂️
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 22, 2021
Real Madrid are one of the worst affected clubs financially due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their high wage bill, new stadium and eagerness to acquire ‘galactico’ talents every year brings huge budgeting requirements. Some of the squad have taken pay-cuts.
They need to recuperate lost revenue.
And according to a report in Elconfidencial.com, the club are looking to push United towards paying around £52 million for the French centre-back, who is reportedly seeking a new challenge in the Premier League.
However, United deem the 28 year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, to be worth closer to the £40 million mark.
El Confidencial suggest that, as well as holding out for as high a fee as possible, if Varane were to be eventually sold, Madrid would not look for a replacement defender.
Again, this points to Madrid’s financial difficulties but also may reinforce the reports that they are eager to raise funds to sign the French forward, Kylian Mbappé from PSG instead.
Incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti has also reportedly accepted a potential sale of Varane and will work with new signing David Alaba and the other defenders at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t want to talk about potential signings still at other clubs in a recent interview and it looks like Reds supporters will need to be patient as negotiations continue.