Football news - Manchester United close in on Raphael Varane deal with Real Madrid - reports
Manchester United are reportedly closing in on their second signing of the summer transfer window, according to reports. They have made progress in negotiations with Real Madrid for French international central defender Raphael Varane, who would follow Jadon Sancho's arrival last week, when he joined the club for £73 million.
Raphael Varane of Real Madrid looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and Granada CF at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on December 23, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.
United have already signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, for an initial £73m.
Talks will continue into next week, with United and Real looking to come to a compromise figure that takes into account Varane having just one year left on his contract, and the player’s desire to leave the club on good terms.
Madrid have also lost Sergio Ramos, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, and had made an offer to Varane to agree terms, but he is set to sign a five-year contract with United instead.
United are also believed to be keen on Kieran Trippier, with the 30-year-old England international a Liga medal winner with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid last season.