Sir Alex Ferguson has already given his blessing for Manchester United to sign Raphael Varane.
Talks are ongoing between United and Real Madrid as the French defender is at the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wishlist following the confirmed arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
Madrid are holding out for a fee of £50million for the centre-half, but Mirror Sport understands United are only willing to pay £40m with the stopper out of contract next summer.
United are hopeful Carlo Ancelotti's men will lower the asking price with the risk that he could walk for free in 12 months' time as they look for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire in the centre of defence.
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It's a transfer that would have the seal of approval from legendary boss Ferguson as well who narrowly missed out on Varane's signature in 2011 as he opted to join the La Liga giants instead.
It's clear to see how highly he rated the centre-back as he personally tried to push the deal over the line by travelling down to France for talks.
It was all in vain however as the allure of Madrid was too attractive to pass up, but if the opportunity comes knocking again, Ferguson will definitely approve of the acquisition.
He wrote in his 2015 book Leading: "I hurtled down on the train from Euston to Lille to sign the young French defender Raphael Varane.
“David Gill was getting into the finer points of the contract with Lens when Zinedine Zidane got wind of this and somehow scooped him up for Real Madrid from under our noses.”
Meanwhile, Varane has left Real Madrid's pre-season training camp as his future remains up in the air.
Varane reported for pre-season at their Valdebebas training base, but after completing his medical tests, El Golazo de Gol captured him leaving the facilities.
A report in Marca on Monday outlined that Varane would return to camp this week but that this was not an indication he would be remaining at the club for the upcoming season.
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