The price for the France international is said to be £ 41million including additions, and the deal is expected to be done, subject to a medical examination.
Having already signed England international Jadon Sancho for £ 73million from Borussia Dortmund, the acquisition of Varane would be a further statement of United’s intent.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished second in the Premier League last season but finished 12 points behind Manchester City.
Varane is well established as one of the best defenders in the world, having joined Real from the French side of Lens in the summer of 2011.
He has made more than 350 appearances for the club and has been selected 79 times by France, helping them to win the World Cup in 2018.
He started France’s four matches at Euro 2020 before they were eliminated on penalties by Switzerland.
If the deal goes as planned, Varane’s first competitive action for United could come as their Premier League campaign begins on August 14 against Leeds United at Old Trafford.
“One of the best central defenders in Europe”
Analysis by Spanish football expert Terry Gibson, speaking on Sky Sports News:
“If Man Utd manages to get Varane across the line, he buys one of the best center-backs in Europe. He’s been fantastic at Real since day one, he has all the attributes you need and he’s been slightly overlooked because of Sergio Ramos.
“But in terms of quality, I don’t think there is much better than Varane. “
Man Utd sign Sancho from Dortmund for £ 73million
United continue to appear busy in the transfer market after recently signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £ 73million.
Sancho, whose move to Old Trafford was accepted in principle on July 1, completed a medical earlier this month following his appearance at Euro 2020.
He has signed a five-year contract with United, with an additional one-year option, and Sancho will wear the No.25 shirt for his new squad.
Pogba’s future in the air
One United player with an uncertain future is Paul Pogba. It is “increasingly unlikely” to sign another contract extension at Manchester United amid Paris Saint-Germain interest.
Talks between representatives of Pogba and United did not result in a resolution, with reports claiming that a concrete offer had been rejected by the French midfielder.
The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his current contract and United must now make the decision whether to sell him this summer or allow him to see his contract.
Man Utd 2021/22 upcoming matches: Leeds on opening day
Manchester United will host rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
United may face a series of season-defining games in October and November, which begins with a trip to Leicester on October 16, the first meeting with Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 23 and a visit to Tottenham on October 30. .
November 6 marks Manchester’s first derby of the season as champions Manchester City travel to Old Trafford, before United travel to Champions League-winning Chelsea on November 27, before ending the month by hosting Arsenal on November 30.
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