Manchester United have reportedly made progress in their bid to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
Varane, who has less than a year remaining on his Real contract, has allegedly informed club officials that he wishes to take on a new challenge.
According to Sky Sports News, the two clubs are yet to agree a fee for the France international, who is said to be valued in excess of £40m.
However, the report claims that a "full agreement" over personal terms is close, a development which comes at a time when United may have to fend off an improved offer from Los Blancos.
Varane is expected to continue training with Real's first-team squad until is future is resolved.