Raphael Varane getting closer to signing for Manchester United

Raphael Varane will likely join Manchester United in the summer.

Manchester United and Raphael Varane are negotiating personal terms ahead of a move to Old Trafford.

The French defender has refused to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid who is keen on a new challenge in his career.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new centre-back partner for club captain Harry Maguire and Varane is on the top of their wishlists.

Varane still has a year left in his contract and United will be looking to negotiate a lower fee knowing he will be available for free next summer.

The 28-year old defender has made over 350 appearances for Los Blancos and was capped 79 times by France.

Earlier last week, Rio Ferdinand said: “He brings an absolute winning mentality. I think he’s played in 14 finals and won 14. So there’s an absolute winning mentality, he knows how to win, he’s got great experience and he’s an unbelievable specimen by the way.

“I’ve been saying alongside Maguire he needs someone with some pace the way Man United play.

“We haven’t had the players quick enough to do that in the centre-back areas. If you get someone like him, people start thinking ‘well we ain’t gonna play the ball over the top cos Varane is gonna eat that up.’ Someone like him, he’ll bring that authority I hope to the back line.”


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