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Real Madrid defender confirms Manchester United interest

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 24, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid defender confirms Manchester United interest

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has confirmed that Mnachster United have made contact with him over a transfer in the summer.

Jose Mourinho, who signed the French defender for Los Blancos, is a huge fan of Varane and is keen on now bringing him to Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old is one of the most highly-sought after defenders in world football and prizing him away from the Santiago Bernabeu could prove tricky.

Intrest confirmed

Pique

MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 23: Gerard Pique of Barcelona battles with Daniel Carvajal of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The defender has revealed that although Mourinho himself has personally contacted him, he has been contacted by club officials from Man United officials regarding a move.

Varane on Mourinho contacting him personally:

“No, not directly. There were contacts, but not directly.”

New defender targeted

WATFORD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Ashley Young of Manchester United celebrates scoring the first goal with Victor Lindelof of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on November 28, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Mourinho is keen to add a central-defender in the summer with the Portuguese manager unhappy with his current options.

In the summer, United shelled out £31m to acquire the services of Victor Lindelof from Benfica taking the 55-year-old’s total spend on central-defender to in excess of £61m.

Eric Bailly has been a big success at Old Trafford since his move from Villarreal, now Mourinho hopes to find him a suitable partner.

Toby Alderweireld is another player that United are targeting with the player’s contract situation at Tottenham Hotspur remaining unresolved.

Toby Alderweireld

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus on August 5, 2017 in London, England

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