- Raphael Varane could finally join Manchester United at the end of this season
- The Frenchman has been on the radar of the Red Devils for some months now
- They are planning to make an official bid valued at around £40m for the centre-back
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Manchester United may have been handed a transfer boost after Real Madrid placed a £60 million price tag on centre-back Raphael Varane.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the French World Cup winner as a potential partner for Harry Maguire in their quest to solidify their backline.
Sources say Los Blancos will not entertain the £40 million opening bid from the Premier League outfit who are planning to express formally their interest in the defender.
Meanwhile, Real are scared of losing him for free when his deal enters the final year in 2022, so, they are willing to cash in on him early enough according to Daily Mail quoting Spanish outlet Diario AS.
The publication added that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has personally told his employers to sign the defender who has played 40 times for Zinedine Zidane's side this season.
However, the Frenchman will have to compete with the likes of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones at Old Trafford.
Although Los Blancos will not allow the defender to leave without trying to keep him at the Bernabeu beyond the expiration of his contract with them.
Varane has won four Champions League titles among several other domestic and continental trophies at the club since he joined them in 2011.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Real Madrid are ready to listen to offers for French defender Raphael Varane are both parties are yet to agree a new deal.
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The France international is in his tenth season with Los Blancos and his contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022 but no agreement has been reached.
The 28-year-old who recently marked his 350th cap for Los Merengues was on the verge of leaving the club last summer but for the timely intervention of coach Zinedine Zidane.