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Manchester United growing in confidence over Varane deal

The Real Madrid defender is a priority target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to strengthen his back line ahead of the new campaign.

The centre-back is a priority target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks to strengthen his back line and Goal understands there were positive talks over personal terms and a transfer fee over the last few days.

Should the France international sign he would become the second major signing of the summer for United after they landed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

What do we know?

United have been working on a deal to land the 28-year-old since agreeing terms to sign Sancho at the start of the month. Solskjaer knows he needs to strengthen his back line if United are to get closer to winning the title and the Real Madrid man has been earmarked as the ideal candidate.

While a deal is not yet agreed it is edging closer after positive discussions over terms and fee over the weekend.

What is Varane’s contract situation?

The defender has one year left on his current deal and it is understood he has no interest in putting pen to paper on a new contract with the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid are aware of the situation and understand that if they do not sell him this summer then they risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

Madrid have already lost Sergio Ramos on a free transfer this summer and can’t  afford to let another star of their team leave for free. It is believed he will sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford if everything goes to plan and a deal can be finalised.

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