Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer greets ‘proven winner’ Raphael Varane as the switch draws closer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer greets ‘proven winner’ Raphael Varane as his £42m move from Real Madrid to Manchester United draws near, admitting Sir Alex Ferguson was ‘very close’ to him for the club

  • Raphael Varane is close to Manchester United from Real Madrid United
  • The centre-back is costing around £42million and has been praised by his new boss
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called him a ‘proven winner’ they’ve long admired
  • He hopes the deal can be completed quickly and praised the club’s ambition

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he ‘can’t wait’ to sign Real Madrid’s ‘proven winner’ Raphael Varane as the Frenchman’s £42m move to Old Trafford nears completion.

The Red Devils have been aiming for a deal for the highly-rated centre-back all summer and are close to getting their man in a move that will see him join another high-profile signing for Jadon Sancho.

Solskjaer is delighted with the club’s ambition this season and believes that both Varane and Sancho will make ‘a huge difference’ to the team, as the former was a player who has followed United from the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Norwegian admits he 'can't wait' to seal Real Madrid's transfer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (R) delighted to bring ‘proven winner’ Raphael Varane to Man United

The French World Cup winner has agreed personal terms for a four-year contract with the option of another season, with the contract to be signed after he has completed his post-quarantine medical treatment.

“Of course very happy that we were able to make a deal with Real Madrid,” said Solskjaer.

“Hopefully the medical should be OK and he is a proven winner. He’s a player we’ve been following for many, many years.

“I know Sir Alex (Ferguson) was very, very close to him, so this time we have him at the other end of his career.

The Real Madrid centre-back is about to enter a £42m deal and is about to undergo a medical

The Real Madrid centre-back is about to enter a £42m deal and is about to undergo a medical

“He has proved throughout his career what a good person he is, first and foremost professionally and he has won what there is to win. I am very happy that we have both our players in.’

Solskjaer, whose side suffered a disappointing defeat in the Europa League final against Villarreal at the end of the last campaign, is looking to transform his side into title contenders and believes the club is showing the right mentality by signing clear signatures.

He also suggested the team could change the lineup to accommodate both Sancho and Varane, who he hopes will seal his move soon after his medical treatment is completed.

First of all, the club is showing ambition with one of the most exciting young strikers in world football and one of the most respected central defenders in the world and one of the most winning central defenders in the world,” he added.

“With him there, of course, we also have other ways of playing. I see different ways to play with Raphael. I can’t wait to get it in. Hopefully we can arrange that as soon as possible.’

Solskjaer believes the club is showing great ambition after joining Jadon Sancho .  has picked up

Solskjaer believes the club is showing great ambition after joining Jadon Sancho . has picked up

When asked when medical treatment could take place with the coronavirus restrictions in place, Solskjaer said: “As far as I know, the club is working on the fastest possible solution to get everything in order. I don’t know the time scale on it yet, the last one.

“Of course a visa is now coming into England with Brexit and the quarantine, so everything has to be done as quickly as possible, but by the book.”

Solskjaer is pleased that United have done most of their business early on and believes the two signings could have a big impact.

“I think, as I’ve said before, any manager would be happy the sooner and earlier the deals are made and this year we managed to pull it off,” Solskjaer said after the friendly 2-2 draw. Wednesday against Brentford up front. of 30,000 fans at Old Trafford.

“I think the two we have will make a huge difference to us, both short term and long term this season.

He suggested that the team could change their style to suit both players next season

He suggested that the team could change their style to suit both players next season

“Raphael is in his prime as a central defender. He is the same age as Harry (Maguire), a year older than Eric (Bailly) and a few years older than Victor (Lindelof), so I have a fantastic group of central defenders there.

“It is also exciting with Jadon, with the young attackers we have. As a manager, you can’t ask for more support when you have these two as early as we did.

“We’ve scrambled to the end of the window before and now I think, I have to say, we’re in a good position. Preseason is always tough, but in a championship year, let alone in the quarantine and isolation pandemic.”

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