It is obviously one of the transfers of the summer of 2021. As revealed on our site this Sunday, Real Madrid and Manchester United agreed on Monday an agreement for the transfer of Raphaël Varane.
"Really minor details remain to be settled, but it's done," confirms a close friend of the Madrid club.
The amount of the transaction is close to € 50 million, bonus included.
Initially, the Spanish club claimed nearly 80 before revising its claims downwards due to the current state of a market seriously impacted by the pandemic.
The 28-year-old Frenchman will travel to England this week.
But he should be required to observe forty before passing his medical examination, prior to his 4-year commitment (with 1 year optional) with the Mancunian club.
He will form a formidable hinge with England international Harry Maguire, who has become the most expensive defender in history after his move from Leicester to MU in 2019 for € 87m.
A sporting challenge
Real had sent him before the start of Euro 2021, an offer of extension qualified as very correct.
But Varane thought the time had come to give a new direction to his career and to discover another environment.
The choice of Manchester thus responds to a life project and above all to a sporting challenge commensurate with this competitor.
MU's interest in his address is not new. At the very beginning of his career, then two years ago, the international with 79 selections had already been the subject of more or less concrete approaches. After Sergio Ramos, a free party to PSG after sixteen years in Madrid, Real lost another defensive framework. Arrived in Madrid in 2011, where he won no less than 17 titles including 4 Champions Leagues, for 236 matches in La Liga and 83 in C1. the French world champion was at the end of his contract in June 2022.