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Man United closing in on Real Madrid defender

Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing personal terms with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

The Manchester Evening News claim United are “not far off” from finalising a deal for the 28-year-old and hope to conclude his signing in the coming weeks.

Madrid want to sell Varane this summer because he has under a year left on his contract, though United will be wary of being burned like they were in 2015 when they thought they were close to signing Sergio Ramos before he signed a new contract at the Spanish giants.

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Madrid are said to value Varane at £80m but the report the claims they know they cannot command a fee anywhere near that figure and that United expect to sign him for a “good price”.

Varane is currently on a summer break after playing for France at the Euros and it claimed United are in no rush to complete a deal.

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