REVEALED: Matt Judge led Man United’s ‘slick’ new transfer policy as they relentlessly pursued Raphael Varane – with John Murtough and Darren Fletcher impressively selling club culture to get £42m Real Madrid man
- Man United have announced they have reached a deal in principle for Raphael Varane
- The Real Madrid star, who still has one year of contract, has cost United 42 million euros
- United chief John Murtough and Darren Fletcher persuade Varane
- The pair reportedly helped make an ‘impressive’ pitch for the French defender
- Their approach to signing the World Cup winner has been labeled ‘pretty slick’
Manchester United’s new relentless and relentless pursuit of Raphael Varane ushered in a new era at Old Trafford – and it even extended to a presentation by the club’s revamped backroom staff to finally achieve their long-term goal.
Led by Football Negotiations Director Matt Judge, the Red Devils’ usual complex negotiation process, which has been heavily criticized in the past, is no more as Judge leads the club’s new transfer policy.
According to The TelegraphJudge’s keen and keen eye in the presentation helped impress the Frenchman before they finally reached an agreement in principle earlier this week.
Manchester United have put together an impressive and convincing field for Raphael Varane . to land
United’s football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher also helped bring home the culture and philosophy at Old Trafford, with United chasing the defender for the past two years.
Under chief executive Ed Woodward, who will leave the club later this year, fans have become extremely frustrated with how long-term deals have been struck with little success.
Now, in a summer in which they have already brought in Jadon Sancho for £73 million, the tide is turning in the North West of England.
On Monday, United confirmed they had agreed a £42 million fee, including £34 million upfront and £8 million in add-ons, with both the club and the player already having a deal on personal terms and an announcement on Tuesday night.
United chiefs John Murtough (left) and Darren Fletcher (right) helped convince Varane
In a brief statement, the club said: “Manchester United are pleased to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Real Madrid on the transfer of French international defender and World Cup winner, Raphael Varane, subject to medical and player terms. ‘
Real Madrid praised Varane for his trophy-laden decade in the Spanish capital, saying: “Our club thanks you for your professionalism and exemplary behavior over the ten seasons in which you have defended our shirt, winning 18 titles: 4 Champions League, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 3 Leagues, 1 Copa del Rey and 3 Spanish Super Cups.
“Real Madrid want to show all its affection to Raphael Varane and his family and wish him every success in this new phase of his professional career.”
The 28-year-old centre-back who won the World Cup has long been one of United’s main goals.
Varane is seen as a big signature and could be key to helping United win titles
Varane’s contract at the Bernebeu was set to expire next summer, meaning United got him for a price that would have been well below the market value of 12 months ago.
United forward Marcus Rashford was quick to underline his excitement, saying on Twitter: ‘Please can we stop spamming my messages, oui oui’.
Varane returned to the Madrid training ground this week for pre-season medical checks, but travel plans were quickly arranged as the move accelerated. His departure puts an end to his 10-year stay in the Spanish capital, in which he won LaLiga three times and the Champions League four times.
United have capitalized on Madrid’s need to fundraise this summer as they look to build on a bid from Kylian Mbappe next year. Mourinho in 2018.
Varane’s arrival contributes to a fruitful summer for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Frenchman is United’s third signing, behind Jadon Sancho (pictured) and Tom Heaton
RAPHAEL VARANE’S CARRIRE UNTIL NOW
Position: Central Defender
Clubs: Lens (2010-11), Real Madrid (2011-21), Manchester United (2021-)
International: France (79 caps, 5 goals
Awards: 1x World Cup, 3x La Liga, 4x Champions League, 4x FIFA Club World Cup, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Copa del Rey, 3x Spanish Super Cup
Varane will have to be quarantined on arrival in England before receiving medical treatment and is expected to sign a four-year contract with an option for a further 12 months.
The Frenchman’s arrival adds to what is shaping up to be a very fruitful transfer window for Solskjaer, having already bolstered their attacking options with the £73m signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton also signed a free transfer.
One of United’s longstanding shortcomings was a centre-back playing alongside England star Maguire as Victor Lindelof struggled to replenish their £80million captain’s abilities.
The arrival of Sancho and Varane is a sign of intent that United are poised to break the gap between them and rivals Manchester City, who won the Premier League by a staggering 12 points last season.
United finished second in England’s top division last season and also finished the campaign second in the Europa League to Villarreal – beating the Red Devils after a lengthy penalty shootout in the Gdansk final.