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Real Madrid defender agrees €12 million-a-year deal with ManUnited

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is closing in on a transfer to Manchester United, having agreed personal terms over a five-year contract

According to a report from Spanish outlet ABC, Manchester United have reached an agreement over personal terms with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane ahead of a summer move. The two clubs, however, are still yet to agree on a transfer fee for the Frenchman.

Varane has grown into one of the most successful defenders in the game during his ten-year stint with Real Madrid. Having arrived as a teenager from RC Lens in 2011, the 28-year-old grew into a stalwart at the Santiago Bernabeu, going on to win as many as three La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League trophies, among other honours.

But as he enters the final year of his contract with Los Blancos, Varane has his sights set on a new challenge this summer, with Manchester United emerging as the likeliest destination. The report claims that the Red Devils have made multiple approaches over the past four years, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has wanted to make the switch in the past, only to be convinced to stay put by Zinedine Zidane.

However, with Zidane no longer the manager, Varane has made up his mind to leave and, to that end, is believed to have turned down a four-year contract offer worth a net €7 million per season.

Instead, the France international seemingly has his heart set on a transfer to Manchester United, with whom he is already to said to have reached a ‘pre-agreement’ over personal terms. Indeed, the report claims that Varane has agreed a five-year deal with the 20-time English champions as part of which he will pocket a handsome €12 million per season, a figure that Real Madrid were unwilling to match.

What now remains is that the two clubs agree on a transfer fee for the World Cup winner, contrary to what previous reports have claimed. Manchester United are willing to offer €45 million to secure Varane’s signing. But Real Madrid are holding out for a €60 million fee and would be open to doing a deal for €55 million plus €5 million in add-ons.

It remains to be seen if Manchester United are willing to raise their offer to match Real Madrid’s demands in the coming weeks. As for Varane, the 28-year-old is understood to be ready to force a transfer to Old Trafford if the Merengues do not relent from their current demands, which boosts the Red Devils’ chances of landing him.