Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

19.45 27 Jul 2021


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Manchester United say they've reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Raphael Varane.

It's believed United will pay an initial €41million for the France World Cup winner, but that fee could rise to €50million based on sundry add-ons.

Varane therefore will become United's third signing of the summer, following on from Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton.

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The 28-year old had just entered the final year of his contract with Real Madrid, and had turned down the offer of an extension earlier this summer.

Varane made 41 appearances for Real last season, with 31 of those coming in La Liga where he also scored a pair of goals. A battle with COVID-19 and a leg injury saw him miss most of Real's run-in in a fruitless season.

His move to United is still subject to a medical, which should take place early next week, and to his approval of personal terms. Varane will sign a four-year contract with the option of a fifth.

Following their big-spending, United midfielder Bruno Fernandes believes they can improve on last season's runners-up spot in the Premier League.

"I think as always we have a chance to win whatever we want, or wherever we try to win because I think last season unluckily for us we don’t get to win any trophies," he said.

“We get to the final of Europa League but unluckily we don’t win.

“But, still, with the transfers or without the transfers, Manchester United will always be a tough opponent, we will try to win every competition we are included [in].

“As I always said, for me, being at this level, at this club, we want to win. It’s because of that I know we have the chance to win everything we are included [in].

“After, you can win or not, but we have the chance and we should and we will do our best to win something of course.”

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