Manchester United are said to be getting closer to a move from Raphael Varane.

French newspaper Le Parisien reported that talks were ongoing between United and Real Madrid, adding: “We are fast moving towards an agreement between the two clubs.”

The report speculates that a deal could be struck between the two clubs within the next week.

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It’s a very optimistic report about United. The speculated price for Varane is only 45 million euros (38.5 million pounds).

That seems too good to be true, and it could just end up being the base price of the pre-add-on agreement.

Next up

Jadon Sancho’s transfer was finally announced last week and United must now move on to the next planned move. A deal for Varane is one the club has been chasing all summer.

United’s interest has increased since the end of Euro 2020 and Varane wants his future to be resolved as soon as possible.

It won’t be long before the Premier League season begins. The kick-off against Leeds is just under three weeks away.

If United can close a deal for Varane this week, he would arrive in Manchester in early August, when Sancho is expected back along with the club’s final Euro 2020 stars.

This deal sounds tight, although it could all fall apart. The coming week could be decisive.

Raphael Varane: fact file

  1. Teenage star

    Real Madrid signed Lens Raphael Varane in 2011 for around £ 8m, beating rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.

  2. Real Madrid ace

    Varane has played more than 300 games for Real Madrid in the last decade. He has been involved in three La Liga titles.

  3. Four-time Champions League winner

    Varane won his first Champions trophy at Real Madrid in 2014 and played the entire game in one win against Atletico. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 he won the trophy again.

  4. World cup winner

    Varane helped France win the world title in 2018. He scored a crucial goal in the quarter-final win against Uruguay.

  5. Constant performer

    Varane became a player Real could rely on. He has played more than 30 La Liga games in the last three La Liga seasons.

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