Manchester United were stopped from making Raphael Varane their first signing under Jose Mourinho by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, according to a report.
The Red Devils were said to be keen to bolster their defence at the start of Mourinho’s reign, with Varane allegedly one of a number of key targets identified by the Portuguese boss after taking over in the summer of 2016.
Mourinho then went on to sign Eric Bailly for £30m from Villarreal, with the Ivory Coast international enjoying a solid debut season for the club.
Injury problems since then have meant that Bailly’s United career has stalled, with 25-year-old currently out of action with a knee problem sustained in pre-season.
United did secure a high-brow defensive addition earlier this summer, with the club making Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in the world when spending £80m to sign the England international from Leicester City.
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