The defender will move to Old Trafford after the two clubs agreed a fee for the 28-year-old on Monday.
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. Purpose understand.
The two clubs have reportedly reached a £ 41m ($ 57m) deal for the defender and he is expected to complete his transfer to medicine.
Varane becomes United’s second major signing of the summer following the arrival of Jadon Sancho, who reached an agreement with United to sign for £ 73 million ($ 101 million) earlier this month.
What do we know?
Progress was made this weekend over the negotiations between the two clubs, with agreements reached on personal terms and a final agreement reached on a fee on Monday.
Goal understands that the base fee is £ 34 million ($ 47 million) plus £ 7 million ($ 9 million) in additions, which means United can shell out as much as £ 41 million.
Real Madrid will meanwhile pay a solidarity payment of £ 1 million to the former club Lens of the defender.
The deal is now subject to a medicine, and Varane will become United’s second signing of the summer after its completion.
Why does Solskjaer want Varane?
The United manager targeted a right-wing midfielder to strengthen his backline and said after the pre-season defeat against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend that they need to improve defensively.
Harry Maguire has been a rock at the back since his arrival, and it is likely that Varane will be the English international partner.
The 28-year-old has just one year left on his deal in Madrid and has made it clear he is not interested in signing a new one as he would like a new challenge in Manchester. With that in mind, the League team decided to pay in rather than lose him next summer on a free transfer.
What next for United?
Solskjaer would like to sign a right wing, with talks with Kieran Trippier, while a central midfielder is also on the shopping list. However, there is the acceptance that although there are funds, they are not unlimited – and that it may not be possible to land all potential targets in the current window.
An agreement for Sancho was finalized relatively early, meaning United have five weeks left of the summer window to work on strengthening and finalizing the group for the new campaign.
Paul Pogba’s future is still in the air, with club and player still having to agree terms on a new contract. Solskjaer said talks are underway with Pogba’s representatives, but the club could lose the midfielder on a free transfer next summer if he does not put a new deal on paper.