Raphael Varane is reportedly keen to get his future at Real Madrid sorted out and he could clarify things as early as next week.
Varane is thought to want an upgrade on his £25,000 per week terms as Chelsea and Manchester United start to circle should initial talks with the club not go well.
“The 21-year-old's representatives will meet senior staff in Madrid next week as the French centre back looks to at least treble his £25,000-per-week wages to a figure more in line with other members of Real's squad,” reports the Mail.
Varane is a player that current Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has protected well since he’s been at the club and he’s likely to have featured further last season were it not for injury.
Club president Florentino Perez could oversee negotiations over a new contract, as he personally takes care of issues surrounding a lot of Real Madrid’s talented and high profile players.
Chelsea have been linked with a move because of the natural connection between the player and Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho once described him as the best young defender in the world, which would suggest that if he became available, Mourinho would jump at the chance to get the deal done.
Manchester United’s interest can be explained through the fact they need a new centre-back ahead of the new season.
With Nemanja Vidic having joined Inter and Rio Ferdinand now at QPR, Louis van Gaal needs another central defensive option and he could urge the club to sign Varane if he feels it’s worthwhile.
Varane is a top defensive talent and it would be a surprise if Ancelotti and Perez don’t make some sort of concession in talks next week, which improve his deal and lead to him staying at the club.