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Varane, whose contract at the Bernabeu is due to expire in June 2022, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top defensive target and United are understood to be closing in on his signing.
The Premier League giants have been negotiating personal terms with Varane but have yet to begin talks with Madrid to agree a transfer fee.
Varane, 28, completed his 10th season with Los Blancos before featuring for France at Euro 2020 and has turned down offers to extend his stay in Madrid beyond next summer as he is keen to leave for a new experience, preferably in the Premier League.
“Of course I would love to play with Varane,” Alaba said during his unveiling on Wednesday. “For many years he has played excellent football and not just now. He is a wonderful defender and has great qualities.”
While Madrid would prefer for Varane to remain, his departure would help the club to cut their wage bill while also raise funds to rebuild the squad.
United want the deal to be completed in time for Varane to be available for the Premier League opener against Leeds on Aug.14.
Varane is not the only Madrid player whose future is up in the air as Bale, 32, has returned to the club after spending one season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur and has one year remaining on his contract.
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