Real Madrid were left with no option but to sell Raphael Varane by Manchester United after they offered the Frenchman a financial package which could not be matched.
The Real Madrid star is United’s top defensive target, with a £43.1.million (€50m) deal believed to be close to completion. The 28-year-old is currently in the final year of his contract, hence the relatively low fee for a 28-year-old who has plenty of top-level experience.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Varane is the perfect partner for Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire. Indeed, both players excelled at Euro 2020, although Maguire was particularly impressive as England reached the final.
Varane has won four Champions Leagues during his time at the Bernabeu. He also lifted the World Cup with France in 2018.
And for Solskjaer, he will hope Varane becomes a bedrock of a side that will now be expected to push for title glory.
Until the deal is signed, however, United will always fear a repeat of past experiences that Varane could be using them to earn a better deal with Real.
However, last week it was claimed that Varane had set his heart of a move to Old Trafford after a decade at Real.
Now El Confidencial have brought further news of the deal that will bring Varane to United this summer.
They claim they effectively turned his head and left Real Madrid with nowhere to turn after offering to double his current package at the Bernabeu.
As per the Spanish network, Varane is currently on a package worth £170,000 a week. With just a year left, they had been looking to marginally increase that but on longer terms.
However, it’s reported that United blew them out of the water by offering Varane a deal worth close to double his current wage.
That £340,000 a week deal will put the defender among their highest earners. Indeed, only David De Gea is believed to earn more at the club.
Furthermore, the report claims Real president Florentino Perez is now willing to let Varane depart. Firstly, he knows he is unable to match the package United are offering. Furthermore, it’s reported that Perez feels Varane’s game would suffer without Sergio Ramos alongside him.
And with Perez unwilling to lose him on a free next summer, his sale to United should soon be formalised.