Manchester United are edging closer to signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane .
United is set to make a formal bid to the LaLiga giants regarding their French centre-back after being assured that the player wants to move to Old Trafford.
Varane has less than a year left on his Real contract and the Spanish club run the risk of losing the player for free next summer .
The 28-year-old has indicated he wants to join United, though nothing is yet agreed. United however considers a price of £50million for a player who has one year left on contract as high.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been under pressure to find a better partner to Harry Maguire at centre back .
Varane has been at Real for a decade, winning three LaLiga titles, four Champions League trophies and four FIFA Club World Cups .