Real Madrid want to include Donny van de Beek as part of any deal with Manchester United for defender Raphael Varane.
The French international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with him ready to leave the Spanish side having turned down a new contract with them, with his existing deal set to expire next year.
Now they want to include van de Beek as part of any deal, with an option to buy next summer.
The 24-year-old, signed from Ajax in 2020, had a very disappointing first season in England, scoring only one Premier League goal, and spending most of the campaign on the bench.
United are set to welcome back Jesse Lingard after his impressive loan spell with West Ham, whilst Juan Mata has just signed a new contract.
That could make van de Beek surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, next season and they may eb tempted to part with him if it means Varane coming in the other direction.
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