Real Madrid are prepared to make a major sale this summer.
That's according to Okdiario's chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito.
Inda says Real Madrid's financial concerns due to Spain's stadium lockout will force them to sell one top-line star in order to help balance the books.
He revealed, quoted via Okdiario, "Real Madrid has a difficult economic situation and is going to lose millions of euros. They have to tighten their belt and with the salary reduction they have to add adjustments.
"They would not like to have to, but the club is considering selling one of the two best-positioned players in the market, for quality-age ratio.
"One of the players has regained credit this weekend, lost credit with previous performances. He is a player with an intelligent mind and who falls very well in the dressing room. It's Raphael Varane."
Varane is now inside the final 18 months of his contract. Meanwhile, Inda says another senior player could be sacrificed if it isn't to be the France international defender.
He added, "And another player, not highly valued in relation to other players, but decisive to maintain the balance of the team, Carlos Casemiro."
Casemiro, 28, is a first-choice for coach Zinedine Zidane and has a contract with Real Madrid to 2023. The Brazil midfielder joined the Spanish giants in 2013.
The comments of Inda, who founded Okdiario after leaving El Mundo, arrive just as Real Madrid cut the gap with LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid to five points with victory over Getafe on Tuesday night. Atletico, though, boast two games in hand.
- updated February 10