Raphael Varane

Man Utd close to agreeing initial €45m fee with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane

Sean Walsh
Varane is edging closer to a move to Man Utd
Varane is edging closer to a move to Man Utd / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Raphael Varane, with a fee of €45m plus bonuses expected to be agreed with Real Madrid.

The France international has been linked with a sensational move to Old Trafford all summer long, and it appears this transfer saga is nearing a conclusion.

Raphael Varane
Varane has been at Real Madrid for a decade / Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Le Parisien reported late on Sunday that United and Real are close to agreeing a fee for the defender, who is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Red Devils next week.

It's been widely reported that Varane is keen on a fresh challenge at this point in his career, having won 17 titles with Real - including four Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles.

Varane's current deal expires in June 2022, and Real had offered him an extension prior to Euro 2020 this summer. However, it appears as though his career will continue in Manchester rather than in Madrid.

The report adds that Varane has always been respectful about the situation, and returned to club training on Friday, speaking with returning manager Carlo Ancelotti.

United have been interested in Varane for much of his career, with the defender opting to head to the Santiago Bernabeu instead after leaving Lens in 2011.

Varane would become United's second marquee signing already this window, having finalised a long-awaited deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho on Friday.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also signed a new contract that runs until 2024 as United go in search of their first silverware since 2017. They came agonisingly close last season after losing 11-10 on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, will have to cope with the loss of Varane not long after that of club stalwart Sergio Ramos, who has joined PSG on a free transfer.