Raphael Varane has told Real Madrid chiefs he is determined to leave the club this summer, with Manchester United desperate to sign him.
The World Cup winner was said to be considering his future at the Bernabeu as he sought a new challenge and he has now communicated his desire to find a new club this summer, El Chiringuito reports.
Varane is thought to be keen on a transfer to the Premier League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of the France international.
United chiefs were willing to submit a £100m offer for the 25-year-old if he formally told the La Liga champions of his desire to exit and it now appears to be the case.
Real head coach Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his desire to keep his defender in the Spanish capital and issued a hands off warning to other teams.
Zidane said: ‘I can tell you he is very happy here, has been here eight years, has done phenomenal so far.
‘I don’t see him as people have said recently, he looks happy and committed in what he is doing.’
United may well be in pole position to land their long-term target but a number of clubs around Europe have been linked with a transfer for the Frenchman.
Juventus are thought to be interested, while Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all said to be keen.
If he does become available then there’s no doubt a bidding war would begin for one of the world’s finest defenders.