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Raphael Varane will reportedly be allowed to fly to England on Thursday to put pen to paper on a four-year deal with Manchester United. The Real Madrid player had originally planned to travel last week, but was forced to wait for his visa request to be granted.
Varane still needs to quarantine and complete a medical before an official announcement can be made according to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The news of the 28-year-old’s imminent arrival will be music to the ears of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although the player is unlikely to be ready for the side’s opening Premier League clash against Leeds United next weekend.
The player comes with a wealth of experience at the highest level, with four Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles to his name.
He has played 79 times for France and was instrumental as his country defeated Croatia 4-2 to lift the World Cup in 2018.
Varane is seen as a long-term solution to United’s frailties at the back and will provide Harry Maguire with a top-class partner at the heart of the side’s defence.
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Raphael Varane will fly to England on Thursday as he prepares to sign for Manchester United (Image: GETTY)
United have also been linked with England right-back Kieran Trippier this summer as they look to transform their backline into one of the best in the Premier League.
With Solskjaer already getting his hands on Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho this summer, the boss knows he is close to having a side which can compete for both domestic and European honours during the coming campaign.
Varane has already said his goodbyes to Real Madrid fans, taking to Instagram to share news of his departure last week.
“After 10 incredible and wonderful years at Real Madrid, a club that I will always carry in my heart, the day has come to say goodbye,” he wrote.
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“Since I arrived in 2011, together we have exceeded all expectations and achieved things that I could never have dreamed of.
“I would like to thank all the coaches and all the people who work or have worked at the club for everything they have done for me.
“Many thanks also to all the Madridistas who always gave me a lot of affection and with their great demand they pushed me to give my best and fight for every success.
“I have had the honour of sharing a dressing room with the best players in the world.
Raphael Varane isn’t expected to be ready for Manchester United’s first game of the season (Image: GETTY)
“Finally, I want to thank all Spaniards and especially to the city of Madrid, where my two children were born. This country will always be special to me.
“It has been an incredible journey in every way. I leave with the feeling of having given everything and I will not change a single thing in this story of ours.
“A new chapter begins.”