REPORT; Raphael Varane sends message to “warrior” Casemiro as he joins up with him at Man Utd

Raphael Varane has sent a message to his former Real Madrid teammate Casemiro a message ahead of the pair being reunited at Manchester United.

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United announced on Friday evening that they had agreed a deal with Madrid with an initial fee of £60million plus a further £10m in potential add-ons. The midfielder is now set to undergo a medical at United’s facilities before completing his switch.

United had made a deal for the Madrid star their prime focus after their move for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot broke down over the Frenchman’s wage structure while their summer-long pursuit of Barcelona ’s Frenkie de Jong has not reached a definitive conclusion.

Casemiro has not be signed in time to face Liverpool in Monday night’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford. United desperately need a good result after their Premier League opening day defeat against Brighton prior to their humiliating four-goal loss at Brentford last time out – prompting United chiefs to step up their transfer attempts.

United are hopeful that Casemiro will lead a late influx of arrivals at Old Trafford in the closing weeks of the transfer window. A £67million offer has been lodged for Ajax forward Antony, although this has been knocked back by the Dutch giants. PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo is an attacking alternative.

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The club are also hopeful of signing a new goalkeeper to provide competition to the out-of-form David De Gea while they are also hopeful of adding a new right-back, although that is tied into the future of Aaron Wan-Bissaka – who may complete a return to Crystal Palace this summer.

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