Manchester United have made a spectacular move for Raphael Varane.

While Jadon Sancho’s move was talked about over and over again for 18 months until it eventually felt inevitable, Varane’s signing rarely seemed possible.

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Most of us expected Real Madrid to pull the rug out from under our feet and announce a contract extension for Varane, with United stepping up again. Or that Varane is moving to PSG or another European club.

But no. This time around, Manchester United finally got the defensive player the club wanted most.

This is the kind of deal that is sending shock waves through the football world. Varane is a four-time Champions League winner and they don’t change teams very often.

The host of the day’s game, Gary Lineker, was among the pundits who responded to the Varane clubs move.

What makes the deal even more impressive is the fee. United pay just £ 34.2m plus bonuses for the French international.

It takes a special deal to put United’s move to Sancho in the spotlight, but this move makes it happen.

United have a player who won an incredible 18 trophies at Real Madrid, plus the World Cup, and who is only 28 years old.

With Harry Maguire already at the club and playing like a world champion at Euro 2020, United now has a seriously dominant defense. United will no longer be a gentle touch.

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