The price for the France international is believed to be £41m including add-ons and the deal is set to go through, subject to a medical.

Manchester United will sign Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane on a four-year deal with an option of a fifth year, but a date for the 28-year-old’s medical is unclear because of quarantine restrictions.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made strengthening the center of his side’s defense one of his key priorities this summer once an agreement with Borussia Dortmund had been struck for England winger Jadon Sancho.

That £73m deal was completed on Friday and took United’s net spending over the summer beyond any of their major European rivals.

However, evidently, Solskjaer does not view his work as being finished.

Raphael Varane edges closer to Man Utd move, breakthrough in talks

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.

Raphael Varane returned for pre-season training at Real Madrid as his representatives finalize personal terms with Man Utd; it is understood he wants to move to Old Trafford.

Getty: Raphael Varane

Once a final agreement is reached, it is hoped United will be able to quickly negotiate a fee and add Varane to their squad.