Giménez is Florentino's favorite to supply Varane

The candidate of Zidane to supply the French is Kalidou Koulibaly, as already informed As. However, the favorite of the white president is the central one of the Athletic one.


Raphael Varane (25 years old) wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. In fact, according to Jugones, the center has already told the club. Hence, the white dome has gone to work to find a substitute. Two are the names that most like the 'bosses'. As reported by As last Friday, Kalidou Koulibaly (27 years old) is the favorite of Zidane to occupy the square of Varane. The powerful central of Naples, international 31 times with Senegal but born in France (would not occupy extra-community square), is a football player who has been on Zizou's radar for some time. The coach already suggested it to the club in its previous stage. However, the candidate who most liked Florentino Pérez is the athletic José María Giménez (24 years old) .

The Madrid president took advantage of the dispute of the final of the Copa Libertadores at the Bernabéu to greet and chat with the athletic center, who had attended the meeting with other teammates. That gesture is habitual in the Madridista president when he has interest in a player and he visits the Bernabéu. He did the same in 2013 with Lewandowski, when he was still playing for Borussia Dortmund. After the second leg of the Champions League semifinals, Florentino Pérez approached the Polish striker and asked him if he would like to play for Madrid. At that time the striker already had an agreement with Bayern and the operation was impossible. It seems that last 9 December the Madrid president has repeated 'modus operandi' with José María Giménez.

Although Militao is already signed, Zidane wants three front row centers and Nacho as fourth option. So Madrid would resort to the market to find a substitute for the Frenchman if he ends up leaving. The interest in Giménez is not new, since last summer was already on the white agenda. Its clause of rescission is of 120 million after the Athletic one renewed to him in summer until 2023 and it will increase its armoring, that until that moment was of 65 million. However, the arrival of Giménez at the Bernabéu seems very remote because Atlético considers it non-transferable, after the sale of Lucas to Bayern has already been announced and that Godin will also leave at the end of the season heading for Inter.

It will not be easy to get Koulibaly out of Naples either. The center renewed at the beginning of the season until 2023, the Neapolitan club made an effort to give him a new star salary (with a performance bonus of about € 7M net per season) and put him a clause, from the year 2020, of 150 million. And Ancelotti has already stated that he will be chained if Koulibaly is trespassed.



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