United step up their pursuit for two world-class defenders, one of them Chelsea’s potential target
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United step up their pursuit for two world-class defenders, one of them Chelsea’s potential target

Manchester United have reportedly made informal approaches for Leonardo Bonucci and Rafael Varane.

Jose Mourinho is keen to land another defensive signing before the transfer window shuts.

And according to ESPN, Juventus’ Bonucci and Real Madrid’s Varane are at the top of his wishlist and United have made enquiries over their availability.

Italy international Bonucci has been heavily linked with a move away from the Italian outfit with Chelsea also showing interest.

But the 29-year-old Italian won’t come cheap, with Juventus reportedly valuing him at a staggering £60m.

But United boss believes Bonucci is one man who would definitely beef up his defensive options.

Mourinho is a huge admirer of Varane, although Zinedine Zidane is unlikely to be willing to let the France international leave.

Varane has somewhat struggled to find playing time regularly at Real Madrid, as Zinedine Zidane still prefers the veteran pair of Sergio Ramos and Pepe over the 23-year-old.

United have already signed Eric Bailly to bolster their defensive line but Mourinho is concerned he doesn’t have enough cover in that area.

Varane could move right into the starting XI for United, playing for Mourinho alongside France teammate Paul Pogba.

But Old Trafford officials have reportedly told the 53-year-old they must sell ore players before they can continue their spending spree.

United confirmed the departures of young defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love yesterday.

The duo both signed for Sunderland for a reported £5.5m fee.

Meanwhile, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has reportedly agreed in principle a new long-term contract.

The 18-year-old impressed in his debut campaign under Louis van Gaal last term and the Manchester outfit are keen to reward him with a new deal.

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