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Manchester United, Real Madrid set to complete €50 million deal for Varane

Small details are still being discussed between the clubs but an agreement seems very close.

Real Madrid Pre-Season Training Session Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Real Madrid and Manchester United are almost ready to announce and complete a €50 million transfer for French defender Raphael Varane, who will leave the club after 10 years to sign a five-year deal with United.

Sources close to the negotiations confirmed to Managing Madrid what transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reported this Monday, which is that the announcement could be a “matter of hours or days.”

Real Madrid decided to sell Varane after the defender refused to sign a contract extension with Los Blancos. His contract with Madrid was set to expire next summer and he would’ve left the Spanish capital as a free agent, so Madrid decided to sell him instead.

Varane was set to be an undisputed starter in the team’s defensive line and one of the captains for many years to come. It seems clear that Madrid will not sign a replacement for him in the market, so Alaba, Militao, Nacho and either Vallejo, Chust or Gila will be the team’s center-backs for the 2021-2022 season.