According to The Athletic, Manchester United is close to completing the transfer of Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. Agreements have been reached with the Spanish club and the 28-year-old, who is expected to sign a four-year contract with a fifth-year option.
The fee is expected to be £35 million plus add-ons, although Real Madrid will pay his training club, Lens, a solidarity contribution. United’s total cost will be closer to £34 million, plus add-ons, with payments stretched out over several years.
Because of quarantine constraints, a date for a medical examination is currently unknown. Real Madrid are willing to sell the France international this summer rather than allowing him to leave on a free transfer after his contract expires next season.
After the financial burden of the epidemic and the cost of massively redeveloping their Bernabeu stadium, Madrid is in desperate need of cash. Varane’s representatives are said to have told Madrid president Florentino Perez of Varane’s wish to pursue new footballing challenges outside of Spain rather than sign a new contract, and the Spaniards’ new coach Carlo Ancelotti is fully aware of the situation.
Source: The Athletic