Man United Reach Agreement on Personal Terms with Raphael Varane

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Manchester United are about to complete their second splash signing of the summer, after Jadon Sancho, as they are close to securing the services of Raphael Varane. This is according to multiple sources, including ESPN, Sky Sports, the Manchester Evening News and journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Real Madrid central defender, who has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford for over a month, is set to complete his transfer move once a fee is agreed upon between both sides.

That isn’t expect to be much of an issue, because the general consensus is that this deal could get finalized and announced within days, potentially hours. The fee for Raphael Varane is expected to be in the neighborhood of about €50 million, which is certainly a bargain for a player nicknamed “Champions League Varane” because he’s won the competition so many times.

United are/will be getting a bargain price for a player still in his prime because the Frenchman won’t be re-upping with Madrid, and with only one year left on his current deal the Bernabeu have to take what they can get now, because next summer they would lose him for nothing.

The 28-year-old impressed with France at the Euro 2020 tournament although Les Bleus exited earlier than expected. He certainly fits the top position and area of need for the Red Devils, who can now pair him with Harry Maguire to form a very formidable partnership in the spine of the defense.

Overall, this is a home run signing all around.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America” and “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports Illustrated and the  Chicago Tribune.

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