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Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane could be on his way to Manchester United (Nick Potts/PA)

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane could be on his way to Manchester United (Nick Potts/PA)

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane could be on his way to Manchester United (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester United officials have held 'productive' talks with Raphael Varane's representatives, with a decision on the defender's future now imminent.

Sources close to the deal have told sundayworld.com that United chiefs were initially scpetical over the prospect of signing Varane this summer, amid a belief that he would agree to a new contract with Real Madrid.

Yet there is now a growing belief that he is ready to make the move, with Paris Saint-Germain also in the mix to sign the 27-year-old centre-back.

While PSG may offer Varane a bigger financial package, there is a feeling that he favours a move to United.

With Real Madrid seemingly losing faith in their hopes of hanging on to the defender, they are expected to accept an offer in the region of £50million for a player who has just one year left on his contract.

Varane's arrival would make this a successful transfer window for United, with Jadon Sancho's arrival set to be confirmed imminently.

Sancho underwent a medical at United on Tuesday and is expected to be unveiled as part of the club's new kit launch.

Meanwhile, incoming United star Sancho has broken is silence after he missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final and was then abused on social media.

Sancho said in a post on his official Instagram account: “I’m not going pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new.

“As a society, we need to do better and hold these people accountable.

“Hate will never win. To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.”

He added: “I’ve had a couple of days to reflect on Sunday’s final and still feel a mix of emotions. I would like to say sorry to all my team-mates, coaching staff and most of all, the fans who I let down.

“This is by far the worst feeling I’ve felt in a long time. It’s hard to even put into words the real feeling, but there were so many positives to take away from this tournament though the defeat will hurt for a long time.

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“I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.

“Much as we wanted to win the tournament, we will build and learn from this experience going forward.

“I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive messages and love and support that far outweighed the negative.

“It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger! Stay safe and see you soon.”

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