Manchester United confirm Raphael Varane agreement

Manchester United have confirmed an agreement to sign Raphael Varane.

The club announced on the official website that Varane will head in for a medical.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of French international defender and World Cup winner, Raphaël Varane, subject to a medical and to player terms being finalised.”

BBC Sport reported United will pay £34.2 million for Varane plus a further £8.5 million in add-ons. The total fee could fetch £42.7 million.

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Varane is United’s second major signing of the transfer window following Jadon Sancho. Tom Heaton has also signed.

The World Cup winner had just one year left on his Real Madrid contract, allowing United to snap him up on the cheap.

Raphael Varane: Factfile

  1. Teenage star

    Real Madrid signed Raphael Varane from Lens in 2011 for around £8 million, beating competition from Manchester United and Arsenal.

  2. Real Madrid ace

    Varane has gone onto play more than 300 games for Real Madrid over the past decade. He has played a part in three La Liga title wins.

  3. Four-time Champions League winner

    Varane won his first Champions trophy at Real Madrid in 2014, playing the entire game in a win over Atletico. He won the trophy again in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

  4. World Cup winner

    Varane helped France to win the World Cup in 2018. He scored a crucial goal in a quarter-final win over Uruguay.

  5. Consistent performer

    Varane became a player Real could rely on. He played more than 30 La Liga games in each of the last three La Liga seasons.

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