Liverpool are reportedly the ‘main team’ interested in signing Real Madrid central defender Raphael Varane this summer.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, as transcribed by Sport Witness, Liverpool are the main team looking to sign Varane at the end of the season, whilst PSG and Manchester United are also keeping tabs on the defender’s situation.

The report claims that Real Madrid will demand a fee of €100m for Varane if he refuses to sign a contract extension in the coming months.

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This report follows on from an update earlier this week claiming that Real Madrid are open to selling Varane if he does not extend his contract, which is also mentioned in this article. The previous report stated that Liverpool were interested in Varane, whilst Manchester United were ready to pounce on him if given the opportunity, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s team now seem to be in the driving seat.

Interestingly, Varane’s value has also seemingly changed. The initial claim was that Real Madrid valued Varane at £70m, with this article from Mundo Deportivo now raising the price tag to £86.5m (€100m) for any interested parties. This could either suggest that Real Madrid have not yet set on a fee for Varane or it could be his agent putting fees out in the open to gauge how keen certain clubs are on signing him.

Given that Liverpool have reportedly been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic on the financial side, such a deal for Varane seems unlikely on paper this summer. £86m would be a club-record signing for Liverpool, with £76m for Virgil van Dijk currently the benchmark, and sanctioning that sum of money for Varane whilst struggling financially due to a pandemic does not seem a wise move by the club.

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