Man United close in on deal for Raphael Varane

Manchester United are close to completing a deal that would see Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane make a move to Old Trafford this summer according to ESPN sources.

Varane’s contract with Real Madrid expires in June 2022 and it is believed that the Frenchman is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top defensive target this summer after seeing positives in Madrid’s readiness to negotiate a realistic fee for the center-back.

Meanwhile, United are set to complete their first major transfer business of the summer with the capture of Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho for a reported fee of £72.9 million once his participation with the Three Lions at Euro 2020 comes to an end.

The next priority will be a move for a defender and it will be the next issue to be addressed by the club’s football director John Murtough.

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The Red Devils were initially considering a move for Villareal’s Pau Torres as an alternative but they’ve stepped up their efforts to sign Varane after France’s exit from Euro 2020 at the hands of Switzerland in the round of 16.

Although Varane’s contract was close to ending, Los Blancos valued him at €70m and this was too high for Man United to cover, considering that the player was entering the final year of his contract.

Therefore, Madrid’s desire to offload players to fund a rebuild of a squad for Carlo Ancelotti has forced them to lower their valuation of the player and the Red Devils are confident that a deal for Varane can be done for a fee in the region of €50m.

The La Liga giants could use the money realized from the sale of Varane to make a move for Torress who has a release clause of €65m.

The 24-year-old has been impressive for Spain at Euro 2020 and this will be an ideal move as Varane is set to follow Ramos out of Real Madrid, heightening their need for enforcement in the center-half position.