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English Premier League side Manchester United has confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign French defender Raphael Varane.

In a Club statement United confirmed that the Real Madrid defender’s deal is worth £41m including add-ons and is subject to medical.

Having already signed England international Jadon Sancho for £73m from Borussia Dortmund, the acquisition of Varane represents a further statement of intent from United.

United finished second in the Premier League last season 12 points behind Manchester City.

Varane is well established as one of the world’s top defenders, having joined Real from French side Lens in the summer of 2011.

He started all four of France’s matches at Euro 2020 before they were knocked out on penalties by Switzerland.

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Elsewhere Chelsea are in talks with Sevilla over the potential signing of defender Jules Kounde – and could include offer Kurt Zouma in a swap.

Kounde is willing to join the Blues, but Sevilla would only sell for the right price having already raised funds from the sale of Bryan Gil to Tottenham.

The 22-year-old started 33 league matches for Sevilla last season, earning a spot in France’s Euro 2020 squad.

The centre-back was bought from Bordeaux in 2019 and immediately broke into Sevilla’s first-team set-up.

He is considered a prototype for the modern defender – skilled enough with the ball to play both centrally and out wide, and able to quick start counter-attacks by carrying forward or delivering pinpoint passes.

Kounde played primarily in the middle in La Liga, however he was utilised as a right-back in his lone Euro 2020 start for France.

The player has been linked with many of the Premier League’s top clubs this summer as competition to catch Manchester City at the top of the table has intensified.

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