Premier League giants Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle to sign French defender Raphael Varane. This is according to the statement from the club on Tuesday evening which stated that they have agreed a deal with Spanish team Real Madrid for the centre back. The transfer would be completed after the player has done his medicals and his salary has been agreed.

French international Varane is on course to become the third summer signing at Manchester United after Tom Heaton andJadon Sancho. England international goalkeeper Heaton returned to Old Trafford this summer on a free transfer after his Aston Villa contract ended this summer, while Manchester United paid around £73m to secure the transfer of Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

Media reports in the United Kingdom (UK) had earlier revealed on Monday that Manchester United and Real Madridreached an agreement for the transfer of Varane to Old Trafford for an initial fee of £34m ($47m) that could rise to £41m ($52m) with add-ons.

Real Madrid offered Varane a new contract as he had one year left on his existing deal but the player wanted a fresh challenge. The Frenchman has been at Real Madrid for a decade since he moved to the club from French team Lens as a teenager. Since his move to Spain several years ago, Varane has represented Real Madrid more than 350 times, winning several titles in the process. During his time at Real Madrid, Varane won four Champions League titles and three league titles.

Varane was an important part of the France squad that won the last edition of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia three years ago. He also played all four games at the just concluded Euro 2020 tournament as France were eliminated by Switzerland at the last 16 stage on penalties.