Real Madrid star Raphael Varane already in ‘Manchester United mode’

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is already in ‘Manchester United mode’ and hopes to complete his move to Old Trafford in the coming weeks.

The Frenchman is keen on joining the Red Devils and has informed Real Madrid that he would like to seek a challenge outside of Spain.

The 28-year-old joined the La Liga giants in 2011, turning down a move to the Theatre of Dreams in the process as Zinedine Zidane – Varane’s childhood hero – intervened at the last minute to hijack his move from Lens.

Varane has maintained an interest in United ever since and the Red Devils were willing to break their transfer record to sign the Frenchman in 2018, with Ed Woodward privately briefing that they’d pay up to £100m.

Varane has reportedly agreed personal terms with United over his proposed move to Old Trafford but the club must now agree a fee with Real Madrid.

Madrid are holding out for around £50m, despite the fact that they could lose Varane on a free transfer next summer if he opts against extending his deal.

But the Manchester Evening News claim Varane is confident that the move will materialise and that he’s already in ‘Manchester United mode’.

Varane hopes that negotiations go smoothly so that he can complete a move to the north-west sooner rather than later but should Madrid hold out for their £50m asking price, talks could go down to the wire.

United have already spent £73m on Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he must raise funds through player sales if he wants to continue his squad revamp.