Manchester United have completed the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, and pending a medical he will be the latest addition in what is shaping up to be one of the more exciting transfer windows in recent memory.
The four-time UEFA Champions League winner and 2018 World Cup Champion will move to Old Trafford for the seemingly bargain price of just around £34m plus add ons per The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
,— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 27, 2021
We have agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of @RaphaelVarane to United! ⚪️⚫️#MUFC
Man Utd finalising signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. Agreements in place with 28yo & #RMFC. Price £35m + add-ons but Real to pay La Liga solidarity so cost to #MUFC £34m + add-ons. Deal 4yr + 1. Medical unclear due to quarantine @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/KL0xNMQcid— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 26, 2021
Varane will reportedly sign a four-year contract upon arrival, and once he clears Covid protocols he will be able to arrive in England to complete a medical.
The spreading out of the transfer fee over several years is a big plus as well, freeing up Manchester United financially in the current transfer window and moving forward in future seasons. It will be nice to have a bit more spending room, especially with a deep-lying midfielder still high on the list of needs for Solskjaer’s squad.