Manchester United have been ‘given permission’ to discuss personal terms with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
United are pursuing a move for the France international who has entered the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu, with Varane having so far failed to agree terms on a new deal with the Spanish side.
According to Sky Sports, the Red Devils have now been given permission to hold talks with the centre-back regarding a potential move to the Premier League and personal terms are currently being negotiated.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the 28-year-old as the perfect partner for Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence and the club will continue discussions with Real Madrid over a fee should a deal be agreed with the player.
The Manchester Evening News are reporting that an agreement is close with the player’s representatives, though the two clubs remain some way apart in their valuation of Varane.
Real had initially hoped to command a fee of around £80m for the World Cup winner, though that fee is likely to be significantly lower given the defender’s contract situation and risk of losing him on a free transfer next summer.
United are said to be working on a package worth around £50m despite Real’s determination to hold out for a higher figure, though reports in Spain yesterday suggested that Los Blancos want €50m.
United are understood to be cautious regarding their approach for the Frenchman however, with the Red Devils keen to avoid a repeat of their pursuit of Sergio Ramos in 2015, in which the club were given encouragement over the defender’s signing, only to be used as leverage for an improved contract at Real Madrid.
The club have also been linked with Jules Kounde and Pau Torres as alternatives.