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Transfer Talk: Real slap ¬100m tag on Varane to fend off Man Utd, Juve

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The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.

Madrid slap huge price tag on Varane

Real Madrid will be asking for €100 million before they consider selling defender Raphael Varane, who has been linked with moves to both Manchester United and Juventus, CalcioMercato understands

Madrid would ideally prefer not to sell their World Cup winner at all, hence the hefty asking price.

Manchester United have recently been linked with moves for Tottenham Hotspurs’ Christian Eriksen and Everton’s Richarlison as well, so spending a triple-digit figure on Varane too would seem like a tall order, even for the Red Devils.

Varane has played for Real Madrid since 2011, notching up more than 170 appearances for the La Liga side.

Raphael Varane, Real Madrid
Real Madrid want €100 million for World Cup winning defender Raphael Varane.

Rodgers could make Tielemans record signing

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that the Foxes could sign on-loan midfielder Youri Tielemans, but his parent club Monaco would be charging £40 million for the deal, according to The Mirror

That fee would make Tielemans Leicester’s record signing — a label currently attached to Islam Slimani — when he arrived at King Power Stadium for £29 million in 2016.

On breaking the transfer record this summer, Rodgers said: “The money is going up, absolutely. We shall see. As you know, the numbers go up each year. You pay for quality. The notion has been to bring in a talent and develop them. There is a lot of work going on and a weekly meeting in terms of recruitment.

“There is daily dialogue in terms of players. It is never easy when you are trying to bring in players to improve the squad. It is always complex but there is a lot of great work by the guys going on behind the scenes.”

Chelsea to call Cech mate?

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech could be making a surprise return to Stamford Bridge, if The Telegraph’s reports linking him with a move back to Chelsea are to be believed. 

Cech’s contract with the Gunners expires in just a few weeks, and back in January the Czech shot-stopper announced he would be hanging up his gloves at the end of the season.

However, Chelsea are confident that they can bring him immediately out of retirement for a homecoming at Stamford Bridge, where Cech spent 11 years and won 13 trophies while making a name for himself in the Premier League.

Should Cech retain his desire to retire from playing football professionally, the report suggests that Chelsea could offer him a role as a technical director at the club.

Rabiot availability takes another turn

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot‘s next destination may be in the Premier League, after Real Madrid withdrew their interest in the Frenchman, according to reports from AS

Rabiot hasn’t played for his Ligue 1 club since December last year, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, it’s understood that Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all keeping an eye on him.

Madrid’s reasoning for backing down from the saga was that Zinedine Zidane reportedly wasn’t happy with Rabiot’s huge wage demands, while Zidane may also have his head turned by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who play similar positions.

Tap-ins

– Marco Silva would consider offers for Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Brendan Galloway, Cenk Tosun, and Theo Walcott as Everton prepare a summer clear-out, The Mirror reports. He said: “It’s really tough. And of course we realise the number of players we have under current contract, the wages and everything we must do.”

RMC Sport reports that Ander Herrera‘s move to Paris Saint-Germain is all but complete, as the two clubs have agreed on a deal for the Spanish midfielder. Herrera’s former club Athletic Bilbao had reportedly shown interest too, but were too late to compete with PSG.

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