Raphael Varane has arrived at Manchester United’s Carrington training base ahead of completing his medical and signing off the formalities before officially becoming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s latest signing.
Last month United announced that they had struck a deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of the World Cup winner, despite the Frenchman being widely expected to remain in the Spanish capital.
The Frenchman has finished his quarantine period and will now seal his £42m transfer
Solskjaer had been desperate to add to his defensive ranks this summer, and identified Varane, 28, as a top target to play alongside captain Harry Maguire for the coming campaign.
Varane’s availability had become apparent after the Frenchman entered the final phase of his Real Madrid contract and came into a stand-off with the Spanish giants regarding fresh terms.
Following the completion of a medical United will rubberstamp the deal for £42million, with Varane becoming one of the top earners at Old Trafford.
And, should United successfully register the player by Friday evening, he will be clear to play against Leeds United in the club’s Premier League opener on Saturday.
Reports claim that Varane wants to start training immediately on Wednesday with his new team-mates in a bid to stake his claim for a starting role against Leeds, though manager Solskjaer has already suggested the newcomer will have to make do with a place on the substitutes bench.
The ex-Real Madrid man updated fans earlier in the week on his solo training in Manchester
Earlier this week Varane updated fans via his social media channels, showing himself training alone in the garden of his new Manchester residence while quarantining.
Varane joins Jadon Sancho in becoming United’s second marquee arrival of the summer.
The Red Devils are bidding to improve upon last season’s second placed finish, and a defeat in the final of the Europa League.
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