Raphael Varane Completes £43million Manchester United Transfer

Manchester United have completed the signing of Raphael Varane.

Varane, 28, has signed a four-year contract with the option of an additional year for a fee rising to £43million.

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The France defender visited United’s Carrington training complex on Wednesday to undergo a medical and now the paperwork has been finalised to allow United to seal the deal.

United tried to buy Varane from Lens 10 years ago and, after a garlanded decade with Real Madrid, the Frenchman has finally joined United.

Varane said: “Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down. There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies. Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level. I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”

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United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure one of the best defenders in the world over the last ten years. Raphaël is a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is. We have great depth of international defenders and he will add his immense skill set and leadership to that group. He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players. He has won everything there is to win but I know that he is still determined to succeed, I can’t wait to welcome him into the squad.”

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Varane is not eligible to appear against Leeds in United’s Premier League opener at Old Trafford on Saturday as he was not registered in time to play.

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