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Manchester United 'Hours Away' From Completing Raphael Varane Transfer

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Manchester United 'Hours Away' From Completing Raphael Varane Transfer

Raphael Varane is close to joining Manchester United with a deal likely to be completed "in a matter of hours" for the Real Madrid star, according to reports.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to strengthen his squad after finishing 12 points behind noisy neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League last season.

Having already confirmed the signing of Jadon Sancho earlier this month, United are said to be just hours away from bringing defensive stalwart Varane to Old Trafford, too.

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Manchester United are on the verge of signing Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane
Manchester United are on the verge of signing Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane

It is no secret that United have chased Varane for a number of years, but now they are primed and ready to fork out the big bucks for the signature of the Frenchman.

Following his summer break after this summer's European Championships, the 28-year-old returned to Madrid for pre-season training on Wednesday.

But according to AS, the France international was not happy about starting pre-season with the Galacticos and is insistent on moving to Manchester so that he can train with his new teammates instead.

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Madrid have already seen club veteran Sergio Ramos depart the Los Blancos for Paris Saint-Germain for free this summer and want a fee for Varane.

The France international has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Red Devils
The France international has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Red Devils

Taking that into account, AS further report that a final agreement is likely to be reached by Wednesday evening with a fee of around €55m (£47m) likely to be agreed upon between the two clubs.

United regularly paired captain Harry Maguire with Victor Lindelof last season and are aware they need more experience at the back, with Varane fitting that exact bill.

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Meanwhile, it has also been reported that United are close to bringing Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Tripper to the club after his recent La Liga triumph with the Spanish giants.

It is claimed by The Sun that a deal to sign Trippier is "in the final stages", while Varane's five-year contract with the Manchester outfit will be announced imminently. Exciting times ahead for United fans? Quite possibly.

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Topics: Manchester United, Transfers, Premier League, Raphael Varane, Real Madrid

Robert Mann
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