Man Utd offered Vinicius Jr transfer opportunity during Real Madrid talks over Raphael Varane
Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr could make a sensational move to Manchester United this summer as Real Madrid look to cut costs to fund a move for PSG's Kylian Mbappe
Manchester United are being offered the chance to sign Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr as the Spanish giants try to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe.
Real president Florentino Perez has made Paris Saint-Germain and France ace Mbappe his top target this summer.
But Perez has to balance the books at the Bernabeu and that means the sale of a further player on top of Rafael Varane.
Real and United are already in talks to sign the France defender with confidence in Spain that an agreement can be reached.
And the hope is that will pave the way for a deal to be struck over Vinicius, with a loan move that turns into a permanent deal the most likely option.
Real want a minimum of £68.5million for the 21-year-old, who played for Brazil at the Copa America.
United have indicated an interest in the player but not at that price, which is why the loan option could well come into play.
Vinicius is understood to be disappointed that Real are looking to move him on given that new coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted to keep him.
Varane, meanwhile, is on holiday following France’s Euro 2020 campaign but expects to leave Real in the coming weeks.
A five-year deal in principal has been agreed between United and the player’s agents, with just a fee to be agreed between the two clubs.
They are understood to not be too far apart with Real demanding around £55m and United’s last offer around £45m.
However, Real need to move Varane on this summer given he can walk away for nothing when his contract expires next summer.
Vinicius joined Madrid in the summer of 2018 after celebrating his 18 th birthday, a year after the club struck a £36million deal to sign him from Brazilian club Flamengo.
At the time, it was the second highest transfer fee ever paid for a Brazilian - behind the fees of Neymar - and strikingly, was for a player who had only made his professional debut earlier that month.
Now aged 21, Vinicius has scored 15 goals across 118 appearances for Los Blancos and his performances have often been inconsistent - although his movement and acceleration make him a dangerous forward for any opponent.
He netted two goals in the 3-1 Champions League quarter-final victory over Liverpool earlier this year - but has failed to score more than three goals in any La Liga campaign since moving to the Spanish capital.