Raphael Varane Manchester United
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Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign defender Raphael Varane.

The price for France International is believed to be 41 million pounds including add- ons.

A club statement said: “Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of French International defender and World Cup winner Raphael Varane, subject to a medical and to player terms being finalized.”

Having completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho in a 73 million pounds deal last week, the 28-year-old is set to be the next arrival.

The 28-year-old has featured over 350 times for the Spanish club, winning three La Liga titles and four champions league trophies since joining them in 2011 from the French side Lens.

He lifted the World Cup with France in 2018 and played in all four of their games at this year’s European Championship as they were eliminated by Switzerland in the last 16.

It is not expected, however, that Varane will be able to undergo a medical until next week because of current UK coronavirus restrictions.

No fee has been disclosed but British media reported the value of the deal at £34 million ($47 million) rising to £48 million with add-ons.

The 28-year-old Varane, a 2018 World Cup winner, has one season left on his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Real Madrid would like to express their gratitude to RaphaëlVarane and his family and wish him the best of luck in this new stage of his career.”

He moved from French club Lens to Madrid in 2011 and has since made 360 appearances across all competitions for Madrid, winning 18 major honors — including four Champions League titles.

In a statement, Real — confirming they had agreed on a fee with United — acknowledged Varane’s time in the Spanish capital by saying: “Our club thanks to the player for his professionalism and exemplary conduct throughout his ten seasons representing our colors, during which time he has won 18 titles: 4 Champions Leagues, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 3 LaLiga titles, 1 Copa del Rey and 3 Spanish Super Cups.

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United finished second in last season’s Premier League but was a huge 12 points adrift of title-winners and local rivals Manchester City in the race to be crowned champions of England.

The Red Devils have not won a major trophy since the 2017 Europa League, with United’s last Premier League title success coming in celebrated manager Alex Ferguson’s final season before retirement eight years ago.

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Raphael Varane has posted a classy and emotional farewell message to Real Madrid:

Raphael has posted a lengthy statement to Real Madrid’s supporters that reflects on his decade in the Spanish capital.

“These past days have been filled with many emotions, feelings that I now want to share with all of you,” writes the 28-year-old on Instagram. “After 10 amazing and wonderful years at Real Madrid, a club I will always carry in my heart, the day has come to say goodbye.

“Since I came in 2011, we’ve together exceeded all expectations and achieved things I never dreamed of. I would like to thank all the coaches and all the people who work or have worked at the club for everything they have done for me.

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Thank you very much also to all the Madridistas who always gave me a lot of love and with their great demands, they pushed me to give the best and fight for every success.

“I had the honor of sharing the locker room with the best players in the world. Countless victories I’ll never forget, especially ‘La Decima’. I realize it’s been a great privilege to have been able to live those special moments.

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Finally, I want to thank all Spaniards and especially the city of Madrid where my two children were born. This country will always be special to me. It’s been an amazing journey in every way. I leave with the feeling of giving it all and I won’t change a single thing in this story of ours.

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