Manchester United have been interested in signing Raphael Varane since he was 18-years-old and it looks as though the deal may finally be done.

Supporters have been cautious about how invested they get in this transfer, following Sergio Romero’s move to use a link with United purely to negotiate a better contract with Real Madrid, but reports in Spain suggest the agreement is more or less there. Madrid stopped offering Varane a new contract after the defender made it clear he was ready for a new challenge in the Premier League.

Varane has just one year left remaining on his contract so Real Madrid know the transfer has to take place this summer, with the figure likely to be around the €45m-€50m mark.


The defender is at Real Madrid training today, determined to maintain a positive relationship with the club he has spent a decade playing for, but has informed the club he wants a move to United. His representatives are in talks with the club to agree personal terms.

It is expected that the deal will be agreed this week, with some reports even suggesting it could be finalised today, but there are questions on how soon he will be united with his new teammates. Spain is on the amber list so as it stands, and as long as Varane’s tests come back negative, he won’t need to quarantine.