Manchester United will have a bid of £35million accepted for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane so long as they indicate they’re willing to pay more in add-ons further down the line, reports claim.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to win the race for the France international. And, if that happens, it would be quite a deal for the Red Devils.
Manchester United have signed Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton already.
And they’re hopeful Varane will be the next player to waltz through the Old Trafford door, with the club aggressively pursuing his signing.
The centre-back has just one year left on his current Real Madrid contract, meaning the La Liga giants must sell him now or face losing him for nothing next year.
And, now, Spanish website Defensa Central claim Los Blancos are prepared to accept a fee of £35m up front for the World Cup winner.
That’s so long as they then bank another £8m in add-ons.
These bonuses would include Varane playing a certain number of games for United, as well as being called up to the France national team.
They’re relatively attainable and would be their way of ensuring they get Varane off the books, while also banking the money they’re after.
United have made it clear they don’t want to pay over the odds for the 28-year-old due to his contractual situation with the club.
Real are still holding out some hope Varane will sign a new contract with them instead, despite giving Marcelo the club captaincy following Sergio Ramos’ departure.
But there’s also a surprising claim that the defender actually wants to stay for one more year before joining United.
It’s Real, instead, who are driving things as they look to get some money while they still can.
And all signs point to an agreement being struck sooner, rather than later.
Should that happen, United will undoubtedly regard the signing of Varane as a major coup given he’s one of the best defenders on the entire planet.
They’re planning on deploying him alongside Harry Maguire next term, something that would give the Red Devils one of the best defences in world football.
A back four consisting of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw in the wide positions, and Maguire and Varane, could be the ticket to the club winning the Premier League title.
And Varane may not be the only player to touch down before the transfer window shuts.
United also want to make a significant third major signing, amid ongoing links to Kieran Trippier and Eduardo Camavinga.
And what ultimately happens remains to be seen.
Luke Chadwick has endorsed his old side’s pursuit of Varane, expressing a belief the World Cup winner would be the perfect signing for Solskjaer’s side.
“If you could pick any centre half in the world to go and partner Harry Maguire it would be Varane,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.
“He’s an absolute Rolls Royce of a player, you don’t win the amount of trophies he’s had without an incredible mentality.
“With Ramos leaving as well, Paris Saint-Germain seem to be showing an interest in both of those players, but in terms of what United need at this time, Varane would be a dream signing if they could get that over the line.
“PSG can offer more in terms of wages, but Varane’s another player who’s never played in the Premier League, so it depends if it’s the financial incentive or that playing opportunity that means more to him.”
The last player United signed from Real was Angel Di Maria back in 2014.
But the Argentina international lasted just a year before joining PSG, having struggled to adjust to life in England.