Manchester United are reportedly close to securing the services of France defender Raphael Varane after coming to an agreement with Real Madrid over a fee.
MANCHESTER – Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign France defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to several British media reports.
Varane had been a longstanding target for United, who last week completed the transfer of England winger Jadon Sancho from German club Borussia Dortmund for a reported £73 million ($100 million).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are now closing in on the signing of Real centre-back Varane, having agreed a deal worth a reported £34million rising to £42million with add-ons.
The 28-year-old Varane, a 2018 World Cup winner, has one season left on his contract at the Bernabeu.
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He moved from French club Lens to Madrid in 2011 and has since made 360 appearances across all competitions for Real, winning 18 major honours – including four Champions League titles.
Should his move to Old Trafford be completed, Varane would find himself vying for a place in the centre of United’s defence with club captain Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
United finished second in last season’s Premier League but were a huge 12 points adrift of title-winners and local rivals Manchester City in the race to be crowned champions of England.
The Red Devils have not won a major trophy since the 2017 Europa League, with United’s last Premier League title success coming in celebrated manager Alex Ferguson’s final season before retirement eight years ago.