It has been revealed how Raphael Varane responded to Real Madrid attempting to bring in additional clubs to rival Manchester United to sign him.
Varane, whose contract had been set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season, made it clear to Los Blancos during the second half of last season that he would now be signing a new deal.
With United already in negotiations for his signature, the Spanish giants attempted to stir up interest from around Europe in order to start a bidding war and raise the fee for the Frenchman, including both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
According to ESPN, attempts to bring Chelsea and PSG to the table in negotiations for Varane failed when the player made it clear he was only interested in talking to United.
The Red Devils have got their man at the fourth time of asking having previously tried to sign him in 2011, 2014 and in 2018 when he would have cost nearly £100million.
Instead, Varane will now have a medical in Manchester this week ahead of completing a move worth an initial £34million with the potential to rise to over £40million with add-ons.
United began negotiations with Varane's representatives midway through last season once he has told officials at Real Madrid that he would not be signing a new deal.
Real immediately chose to cash in on the centre-back this summer instead of losing him for nothing in 2022 and he will now leave Spain after a decade at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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The World Cup winner will now complete the transfer this week after undergoing a medical and quarantining in line with UK Covid guidelines.
Varane won a total of 18 trophies in Madrid including four Champions Leagues after joining from boyhood club Lens in 2011 for £9million aged just 18.
He also racked up an impressive 360 appearances for the club, scoring 17 goals in the process, having also won 79 caps for France since making his debut in 2013.
Varane will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's third signing of the summer after Tom Heaton arrived on a free transfer and Jadon Sancho sealed a £70million move from Borussia Dortmund.
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