Varane, 28, is understood to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s next major summer target following the recent £73m signing of former Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Should Varane make a stunning switch to Old Trafford, the Frenchman will end a decade long spell in Spain’s capital.
Having featured in 360 senior first-team matches, in all competitions, the 28-year-old has had a huge hand in the La Liga giants lifting 18 major trophies, including a breath-taking four Champions League.
Bouhafsi claims that Varane wants to join United but a transfer fee will still need to be agreed to between both European powerhouses.
Manchester United have started negotiations with Real Madrid for the transfer of Raphael Varane ??. The two clubs have been exchanging for several hours, Man United asked Madrid’s expectations. The week will be decisive.
However, following a formal line of communication for several hours on Sunday, it does appear that things are finally heading in the right direction.