Real Madrid recently confirmed that Sergio Ramos would be leaving the club after the expiry of his contract on June 30.
The Spaniard wanted a multi-year deal with Los Blancos, but the hierarchy were only prepared to hand him a 12-month extension.
The 35-year-old is set to pursue a fresh challenge after 16 years, and he could yet be joined by Raphael Varane through the exit door.
Varane has only 12 months left on his existing deal with the Madrid giants, and the club are yet to negotiate a suitable renewal with him.
He will assess his future following the European Championships, and Los Blancos will be desperate to commit him to a new long-term deal.
Let’s have a look at where Ramos and Varane could be playing next term.
Ramos has been linked with a possible move to the Premier League, with Manchester United considered as an option.
However, the Red Devils are said to have a grudge against the defender after a failed approach to sign him previously.
They are searching for a partner for Harry Maguire and could prefer to go with someone in the prime of his career.
Hence, Paris Saint-Germain are the most likely destination for Ramos given their long-term interest in his services.
Les Parisiens failed to fill the void left by Thiago Silva’s exit last summer.
Ramos would be a like-for-like replacement and could be handed the captain’s armband.
Varane should attract plenty of interest this summer if Madrid decide to cash in on his services during the transfer window.
A move to PSG has been touted, which could see him reunite with Ramos.
However, we don’t see that happening with two quality centre-backs in Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe already at the club.
The anticipated arrival of Ramos could see Marquinhos shift to the holding midfield role.
United are keen on signing Varane, having failed to do so in 2011 and 2019. However, their opening £50m bid has fallen well short of the £80m price tag.
The Red Devils could come up with an improved offer, but it won’t come as a surprise if Los Blancos stay firm on their valuation to deny them.
Madrid would suffer a bitter blow with their main centre-backs leaving in the same window. They could eventually give in to Varane’s wage demands to keep him.