- Manchester United are believed to have shifted their focus to landing Raphael Varane after the arrival of Jadon Sancho
- Varane has just a year left on his current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, with reports suggesting he has informed Real of his decision to join United
- His imminent arrival will see him partnered with Harry Maguire in the heart of defence at Old Trafford
Manchester United are inching closer to land Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane after transfer talks between the involved parties progressed rapidly in recent days, reports suggest.
Varane has been on the radar of the Red Devils for months now, with the Manchester club keen to sign him this summer in their bid to bolster their defence ahead of the new season.
The Frenchman has already returned to Real Madrid, but Metro UK reports he has since made it clear to the club he intends to move to Old Trafford as he wants to experience a fresh challenge in the Premier League.
The publication added that Varane, who has just a year left on his deal with the La Liga club, has also noted his unwillingness to pen an extension.
The development is believed to have left the club with no option but to cash in on the defender, with Le Parisian claiming a £39 million deal is on the brink of being reached.
It was reported the deal is so close that it could be sealed by the end of the week, with Varane expected to pen a four or five-year contract with United.
The France international is expected to partner with Harry Maguire in the heart of defence at Old Trafford, leaving Victor Lindelof with no choice but to settle for a place on the bench.
Alex Telles to miss start of the Premier League season
Telles was part of United's pre-season friendly meeting against Derby last weekend where they secured a 2-1 win over the Championship side.
However, SunSport now reports the left-back is set to miss his side's upcoming friendlies against Brentford and Preston North End. Speaking on Telles' condition, Solskjaer revealed the Brazilian is billed to be out of action for a few weeks.
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