Man Utd allowed to discuss Varane terms

Manchester United have been given permission to approach Raphael Varane and are negotiating personal terms ahead of a potential move from Real Madrid.

If terms can be agreed, United are expected to open talks with Real Madrid over a fee – although Paris Saint-Germain are also in talks with Varane’s camp.

It is thought the 28-year-old centre-back would be open to the move if an agreement can be reached.

United are believed to be cautious as they do not want a repeat of what happened with Sergio Ramos in 2015, when they were given encouragement the player would come to Old Trafford – only for him to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu.

Varane still has a year left on his Real Madrid contract and United are keen to negotiate a lower transfer fee knowing he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January.

The France international is one of a number of centre-backs United are looking at this summer as they make the position a priority to strengthen.

Sky Sports News has already reported their interest in Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Lille defender Sven Botman.

Jadon Sancho
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Man Utd have already confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho

The Premier League side have also moved to strengthen their attack, completing a deal to sign England international Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m, subject to a medical.

Varane would be another significant statement of intent to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, having established himself as one of the world’s best defenders since joining Real from French side Lens in the summer of 2011.

He has gone on to make over 350 appearances for the club, and be capped 79 times by France, helping them to World Cup glory in 2018 and starting all four of their matches at Euro 2020 before they were knocked out Switzerland.

PSG sign Ramos on two-year deal

Sergio Ramos has signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal after leaving Real Madrid as a free agent.

Ramos left Real Madrid upon the expiry of his contract in June after 16 years at the club, during which he won four Champions League crowns, five La Liga titles and four Club World Cups.

“I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Ramos said. “This is a big change in my life, a new challenge and it’s a day I will never forget.

“I am very proud to be a part of this ambitious project, to be a part of this squad with so many great players. Paris Saint-Germain is a club that has already proven itself at the highest level. I want to continue to grow and improve at Paris and help the team to win as many trophies as possible.”

The 2010 World Cup winner bid farewell to Real in an emotional press conference and claimed that he wanted to stay, but the club decided to withdraw a one-year contract offer by claiming it had expired.

Ramos said he was offered a new deal with a 10 per cent reduction to his previous salary but was holding out for a two-year deal “so my family could have continuity and tranquillity”.

The 35-year-old struggled with muscle injures and a knee problem that required surgery, meaning he only played once since March – the 2-0 Champions League semi-final second-leg defeat to Chelsea on May 5.

It also meant he missed out on Spain’s squad for Euro 2020 as manager Luis Enrique opted to select no Real players in his squad at a major tournament for the first time in the country’s history.



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Sergio Ramos breaks down in tears during an emotional farewell, following the confirmation he will leave Real Madrid after 16 years at the Spanish giants.

“Today, Paris welcomes one of the greatest players of our era. We are delighted to announce that Sergio Ramos has joined us,” PSG chairman and chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.

“Sergio is a complete footballer, one of the best defenders in the history of the game. He is a born competitor, a leader and a true professional. His vast experience and ambition is in perfect synergy with those of the club.”

PSG have already secured the signing of the highly-rated Moroccan international right-back Achraf Hakimi, who has joined from Inter Milan in a £61m deal on a five-year contract.

Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum has also joined the club on a three-year deal after leaving Liverpool upon the expiry of his contract.

The French giants are also poised to confirm the signing of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer after the 22-year-old could not agree terms to extend his stay with boyhood club AC Milan.

Ramos’ former centre-back partner Raphael Varane could also be set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with Manchester United holding initial talks over a potential deal for the French defender.

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Kroos announces international retirement

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from international football.

The 2014 World Cup winner earned 106 caps for his country, contributing 17 goals and 19 assists, with his final game coming in the 2-0 defeat by England in the Euro 2020 last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Kroos, 31, said it was clear to him “for a long time” that he would not be available for the World Cup in Qatar next year and his priority was to focus on his club career with Real Madrid and spending time with his family.

“I’ve played for Germany 106 times. There won’t be another time,” said Kroos in a statement released on Twitter.

Toni Kroos in German's Euro 2020 home kit
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Toni Kroos in German’s Euro 2020 home kit

“I would have dearly wished, and I gave everything again, that there would have been 109 internationals in the end and that this one big title, the European Championship, would have been added at the end.”

Kroos made his international debut in 2010 under Joachim Low, who has left his post as Germany head coach after 15 years in the post following their European Championship exit.

“It was a great honour for me to be able to wear this jersey for such a long time,” he added. “I did it with pride and passion.”

Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has replaced Low as the national team boss as Germany turn their attentions to qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Man Utd interested in signing Varane

Manchester United are interested in signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

Initial talks have taken place and the France international remains a player United have under consideration, although other clubs are thought to be interested, including Paris Saint-Germain.

Varane still has a year left on his Real Madrid contract and it remains to be seen if the Spanish club will ultimately allow him to leave. Fellow defender Sergio Ramos has already departed the club this summer after his contract expired.

United know Varane is free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January and would therefore be keen to negotiate a lower transfer fee.

He is one of a number of centre-backs United are looking at this summer as they make the position a priority to strengthen.

Sky Sports News has already reported their interest in Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Lille defender Sven Botman.

The Premier League side have also moved to strengthen their attack, completing a deal to sign England international Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m, subject to a medical, on Thursday.

France defender Raphael Varane (AP)
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Varane is a regular in the France defence

Varane, 28, would be another significant statement of intent to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, having established himself as one of the world’s best defenders since joining Real from French side Lens in the summer of 2011.

He has gone on to make over 350 appearances for the club, and be capped 79 times by France, helping them to World Cup glory in 2018 and starting all four of their matches at Euro 2020 before they were knocked out Switzerland.

Hazard vows to find best Real Madrid form

Eden Hazard has dismissed the idea that he cannot become the dominant force for Real Madrid that he has been for his country.

Hazard, part of the Belgium squad at Euro 2020, has been dogged by injury during his first two seasons in Madrid and is currently returning to full fitness following a muscle strain.

“I broke my ankle three times, it will never be the same as 10 years ago,” Eden Hazard said.

“But I know that when I am in shape, I can prove myself on the field and that’s what I’m working on now.

“I try to be a leader on the pitch regardless of who I’m playing for but you can only become a leader if you’re playing well and I play a lot more with the national team.

“I think if I have playing time with Real Madrid I can also become a leader there.”

The 30-year-old former Chelsea playmaker has stepped off the bench in both Belgium’s games in the tournament so far and is hoping for a longer run out in their final Group B match against Finland in St Petersburg on Monday.

“I don’t think I’m yet at 100 per cent,” Hazard added. “I think I’m ready to start a game, but it’s always been in the pipeline from the beginning of the tournament, it was always to have this incremental approach.

“I’m going to play a little bit more each time until I hit that 100 per cent mark. We’ll see how long I can play for tomorrow.

“That was the plan, to bring me along gradually and to make sure I am completely fit in the knockout phase.”

The Red Devils have already qualified for the round of 16 after beating Russia 3-0 and Denmark 2-1 in their first two group matches.