Manchester United are moving closer to finalising a deal for Real Madrid centre-back Raphaël Varane, according to ESPN.

Varane, whose contract with Los Blancos is due to expire in June 2022, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top defensive target and United are reportedly ready to move for the experienced 28-year-old, with Madrid now prepared to negotiate a realistic fee for their player.

Real Madrid had initially valued the centre-back at €70 million, a price-tag that Manchester United regarded as too high for a player entering the final year of his contract. But with Madrid needing to offload players after suffering severe losses owing to the pandemic, United are confident that a deal can be done for a fee in the region of €50 million.