Manchester United target Raphael Varane will undergo his medical this Wednesday after a deal was agreed with Real Madrid, according to reports. United will pay Real an initial £42.7million for Varane plus bonuses. The France defender has entered the final year of his contract at Real.
Varane has turned down all offers of an extension with the Bernabeu club.
Reports say the 28-year-old wanted to receive a similar salary to that of Real’s summer signing David Alaba but that was not facilitated by the La Liga giants.
United have pounced on Varane’s situation and will sign one of the world’s best defenders to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side push up the Premier League table.
United were claimed to have agreed personal terms with Varane some time ago.
However, the two clubs were yet to reach an agreement over a fee until now.
European football expert Gianluca Di Marzio says a deal is now “done” between United and Real and his medical will take place inside 48 hours.
Di Marzio tweeted: “#Varane @ManUtd deal done: €50M plus bonus to @realmadrid, medicals in #Manchester in two days.”
Varane is being brought in by Solskjaer to partner club captain Harry Maguire at the back.
The £42.7m deal takes United’s spending to well over £100m following the earlier arrival of Jadon Sancho this summer.
United will be hoping Varane and Sancho can take them closer to winning their first Premier League title since 2013.
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes the signing of Varane will do just that.
“Well certainly Varane is a top quality player, I was really impressed with him during the Euros, he’s an excellent defender, so that will be a great signing for Manchester United,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“That’s what [Man United] have got to do, they’ve got to compete and try to get closer to Man City, who everyone is chasing.
“Liverpool are the same, they’ll be trying to make signings as well. You can’t stand still in the Premier League.
“I think that Maguire and [John] Stones were a very good partnership during the Euros and I can imagine Maguire and Varane will be a decent partnership.
“If you’ve got a good defence you’ve always got a chance, and with the attacking players they’ve got, and with Sancho coming in, it will give them a much better chance of getting closer and challenging for that title.”
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