Manchester United are closing in on the £40 million capture of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
United made progress in their negotiations with Real at the weekend and are hopeful of concluding a deal for Varane by the end of the week.
Personal terms with Varane, 28, have been agreed and it is understood United have made progress on the fee, with Real initially wanting £50 million for the center-back.
United felt that valuation was too high for a player out of contract next summer and look to have persuaded Real to agree to come down from that initial figure.
With Varane keen to join United and able to leave for nothing next summer, Real are under pressure to obtain a fee for him and have reluctantly agreed to lower their asking price.
According to United sources, significant “advances” have been made in their pursuit of Varane, who boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees as the perfect defensive partner for skipper Harry Maguire.
Varane joined Real in 2011 from French club Lens and has a wealth of experience with the Spanish side, winning three La Liga titles and four Champions League titles.
He won the World Cup with France in 2018, has won 79 caps and played in all four games at Euro 2020 as they reached the last-16.