Manchester United are closing in on the impressive signing of World Cup winning defender Raphael Varane having convinced Real Madrid to reduce their transfer demands.
The 28-year-old is set to find a new challenge in the Premier League following 10 years in La Liga, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side coming up with the cash that required.
Despite his Champions League winning experience, Varane is set to leave Spain for a surprisingly low fee of just £40m, which is half of what the Red Devils paid for his new defensive partner Harry Maguire.
Varane will join Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford who was the first of two notable arrivals this summer, and they might not be the last with Paul Pogba's future in doubt and a possible replacement needed.
While there were concerns over the demands of Real at the weekend, personal terms were never an issue and United subsequently managed to have the asking price reduced.
That reduction from £50m to £40m will help pay the wages of their new defender, who had been due to leave his current club on a free transfer next summer.
The Red Devils made the centre-back position a priority following the arrival of Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m, with Solskjaer earmarking Varane as the perfect partner for skipper Maguire.
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All members of the playing squad that featured in Euro 2020 are expected to report back to training before their final friendly of the summer against Everton on August 7.
Solskjaer said: "The English players and Fred, the ones who played Euros and Copa America and went all the way to the finals, needed a break as well. They're back with us in about 10 days' time.”
Varane had been coy over his plans during the final few months of the recent La Liga season, during which Atletico Madrid topped Real and Barcelona to be crowned champions.
He had said before Euro 2020: "This is not the time to talk about my future, I am focused on the selection, on this Euro, it is normal and logical to ask the question and for my part it is normal and logical to focus on the upcoming deadlines.
“We are all human beings. We can think about it.
"As for my personal case, I am focused on the objectives that we have in the France team, it is not a subject that I will discuss every day in my room at Clairefontaine.
“I am focused on my goal, and now is not the time to discuss it. If I have to talk about it, it will be directly with the people concerned.”
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