The Real Madrid defender is a priority goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he wants to strengthen his backline before the new campaign
Manchester United are confident that it can be agreed to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane after positive talks over the weekend.
The center partner is a priority goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, because he wants to strengthen his backline and Purpose understand that there have been positive conversations over the past few days about personal terms and a transfer fee.
Should the French international sign, he would become the second major signing of the summer for United after landing Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund.
What do we know?
United are working on a deal to land the 28-year-old since agreeing to sign Sancho earlier this month. Solskjaer knows he needs to strengthen his backline if United want to get closer to the title and the Real Madrid man has been earmarked as the ideal candidate.
Although an agreement has not yet been reached, it rises after a positive discussion on the terms and rates over the weekend.
Purpose reported work has been done to bridge the gap in valuation and a deal could be agreed between € 45 million (£ 39 / $ 53 million) and € 55 million (£ 47 million / $ 65 million), and it is understood that United charge less than € 50 million will strive.
What is Varane’s contract?
The defender has one year left for his current deal, and it is understood he has no interest in putting a new contract with the Spanish giants on paper.
Real Madrid are aware of the situation and understand that if they do not sell him this summer, they could lose next year with a free transfer.
Madrid lost Sergio Ramos this summer with a free transfer and can not afford to let another star of their team leave for free. It is believed he will sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford if all goes according to plan and an agreement can be reached.
Who else is United focusing on?
Solskjaer would like to sign a right wing with talks with Kieran Trippier, and 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 current window to work on strengthening and finalizing the group for the new campaign.
Paul Pogba’s future is still in the air with the club and player yet 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.