After what feels like the longest transfer saga in football history, Manchester United have finally, finally reached an agreement to sign French centre-back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
It’s a deal that has been a decade in the making; Sir Alex Ferguson had been keen to sign a then-18-year-old Varane from RC Lens in 2011 before United were pipped to his signature by Los Blancos and plumped for Phil Jones instead…
All’s well that ends well, though.
Inevitably, the good folk of Twitter were quick to point to the, er, protracted nature of this particular transfer following the customary social media announcement, reminiscing about some of those other long-rumoured deals that never actually came to pass.
But for the most part, following some fairly questionable transfer business since Sir Alex left the club in 2013 and with the fee rumoured to be around £43m, the Red Devils’ faithful seemed pretty chuffed.
Back in Madrid, it was all pretty emotional and lovely as Los Blancos bade farewell to one of their favourite sons, who leaves the Bernabeu with a frankly ridiculous trophy haul.
Well, that’s at official level at least. The fans did not seem best pleased that Varane had been allowed to follow club legend Sergio Ramos through the exit door, with David Alaba Real’s only signing so far this summer.
If that’s anything to go by, Man Utd have seemingly had the better of this deal.