Jose Mourinho made contact with £37.5m centre-back to complete shock transfer move

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly contacted AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci regarding a summer switch to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils boss is understood to be in the market for a new centre-back to bolster his squad ahead of a likely Premier League title challenge next season.

Italian outlet Tuttosport suggests that Bonucci has emerged as a target for Mourinho, who has already discussed a transfer with the experienced defender.

Bonucci was only signed by Milan from Juventus last summer, joining in a £37.5m deal, but economical struggles will force the Rossoneri to sell a couple of players in the coming weeks.

According to the same report, Milan do not intend to listen to any bids below £35m, although an initial loan offer with an obligation to buy could be an option.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have reportedly made a contract proposal to Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred as the Red Devils bid to see off competition from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 25-year-old came close to moving to Manchester City in January but the Ukranian club were reluctant to let the Brazilian leave midway through the season.

City have subsequently cooled their interest in Fred and are instead targeting Napoli star Jorginho this summer. Jose Mourinho wants to sign at least one midfielder this summer to replace the retiring Michael Carrick and will move for a second if Maroaune Fellaini decides against signing a new deal.

United held fresh talks with Fred’s representatives earlier this month and Duncan Castles claims the Red Devils have offered the midfielder a contract.

The Brazilian, who discovered yesterday that he’s in his country’s preliminary squad for this summer’s World Cup, has a £53milllion release clause in his contract but he’s hopeful that his loyalty to the Ukranian club could see them compromising in negotiations with United.