MANCHESTER UNITED are close to completing a £38million transfer for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, according to reports.
The 28-year-old is believed to have agreed a contract at Old Trafford, fulfilling a long-term desire of playing in the Premier League.
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 28, has been linked with Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty
A source told the French newspaper ‘discussions are progressing quickly’ between the two clubs and an agreement is expected in the coming days.
The World Cup winner is believed to have verbally agreed a four or five-year deal at Old Trafford.
Reports suggest the fee is €45m, around £38.5m, with Real allegedly dropping their valuation due to the financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Spanish giants, like rivals Barcelona, are believed to be struggling financially and won’t want to lose another player on a free transfer.
Varane? I only speak about players when we sign them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager
Varane has just a year left on his Madrid contract and is thought to have rejected an extension before the start of Euro 2020.
Reports suggest the defender wants to play in a new country and signed a deal with an English-based agency in September to help him complete a Premier League move.
Varane is rumoured to have NO interest in forcing a move to England, however, as he has ‘great respect’ for his current employers.
The player returned to pre-season training on Friday and is believed to have discussed his future with returning Real manager Carlo Ancetlotti.
Varane has become one of the world’s best defenders during his ten years in the Spanish capital, winning three LaLiga titles and the Champions League four times – among other honours.
If he completes a move to United, the French defender could wear the No12, No22 or No24 shirt this season.
Varane could also inherit the No6 jersey – the number he wears at Real Madrid – if Paul Pogba leaves Old Trafford this summer.
The midfielder, 28, has just one year left on his contract and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing him.
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