Manchester United have persuaded Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to leave the Bernabeu for Old Trafford, according to a report.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is widely believed to have a centre-back near the top of his summer wishlist. A number of centre-backs have been linked with the club as Solskjaer hunts for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire. Jules Kounde and Pau Torres are top of United’s hit list, according to 90min. However, Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu, Braga’s David Carmo, Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile, Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji and Varane are all in the mix.
But, according to Todo Fichajes United have managed to get Varane to agree a deal to move to the Premier League. He is, per the source, United’s preferred choice to partner Maguire next season and has “chosen” United.
The 27-year-old also seems intent on a new journey and the deal for United will likely to cost around €60m.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo states that Varane’s future remains ‘up in the air’ at this stage.
The player’s latest comments certainly appear to suggest that he’s leaning towards taking on a new adventure this summer.
Varane stance ‘has not changed’
Varane did not directly address rumours linking him with a move away from the club while on international duty. But that only adds fuel to the fire, given that his previous stance on wanting to leave remains unchanged.
He said: “I am not going to state the obvious, I have already expressed myself a lot on the subject.
“I think it has already been said and the situation has not changed.
“I’m two days away from an international match with the national team, I am concentrating on that. I don’t want to answer that question on my future.”