Raphael Varane returned for pre-season training at Real Madrid as his representatives finalise personal terms with Man Utd; it is understood he wants to move to Old Trafford; Jadon Sancho signed for £73m; Paul Pogba unlikely to sign new deal
Manchester United are close to a full agreement in principle on personal terms with the representatives of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
The France centre-back returned to training in Spain with Sky Sports News reporting that his representatives were continuing to finalise personal terms with the Premier League club.
Although these talks are ongoing, it is understood there is agreement on many of the details of his proposed contract.
United are yet to agree a fee with Real Madrid but there is an increased confidence a deal can be struck. It is also understood the 28-year-old wants the move to last season’s Premier League runners-up.
Once a final agreement is reached, it is hoped United will be able to quickly negotiate a fee and add Varane to their squad.
Varane would be a significant statement of intent to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, having established himself as one of the world’s top defenders.
He joined Real from French side Lens in the summer of 2011.
He has gone on to make over 350 appearances for the club, and be capped 79 times by France, helping them to World Cup glory in 2018.
He started all four of their matches at Euro 2020 before they were knocked out by Switzerland.
United start their Premier League campaign on August 14 against Leeds United at Old Trafford.
United continue to look busy in the transfer market having recently signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m.
Sancho, whose move to Old Trafford was agreed in principle on July 1, completed a medical earlier this month after his participation at Euro 2020.
He has signed a five-year deal at United, with an option of a further year, and Sancho will wear the No 25 shirt for his new side.