Real Madrid have reportedly accepted that Raphael Varane will leave the club this summer and are now waiting for a formal offer from Manchester United.
The France international has consistently been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the last six months.
He is out of contract next summer and Madrid want to avoid losing him for free at all costs.
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They are therefore willing to cash-in on the centre-back for a lower fee due to the contract situation.
It’s thought the La Liga giants will accept around €50million for the 28-year-old.
Goal claim Varane was offered a new contract before Euro 2020, but the player delayed his response to focus on the tournament.
But the report claims Madrid are still yet to hear from Varane despite France being knocked out at the last 16 stage at the end of June.
The lack of word from the defender is said to have led Madrid to believe that he will leave the club this summer.
They are therefore keen to facilitate his exit and are waiting for United to table a formal offer.
Varane is scheduled to return to Real Madrid training on 23 July and the club are reportedly keen to finalise his exit before that date.
Former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand is pleased with the Red Devils’ interest.
He said: “He brings an absolute winning mentality. I think he’s played in 14 finals and won 14. So there’s an absolute winning mentality, he knows how to win, he’s got great experience and he’s an unbelievable specimen by the way.
“I’ve been saying alongside Maguire he needs someone with some pace the way Man United play.
“When I’ve seen Man United in problems and in trouble in games, a lot of the time teams have been given a bit of confidence or seen a chink in the armour of Man United when they see they can get people one v one or play the ball over the defence, into one of the channels and then it’s a race.
“We haven’t had the players quick enough to do that in the centre-back areas. If you get someone like him, people start thinking ‘well we ain’t gonna play the ball over the top cos Varane is gonna eat that up.’ Someone like him, he’ll bring that authority I hope to the back line.”