As per the Daily Star, Manchester United has abandoned plans to sign Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti this summer and has made a £53m bid for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
The Red Devils are expected to spend big in the summer, mainly on their defence that Jose Mourinho feels could do with a revamp. In previous years, the Portuguese head coach has splashed the cash on a midfielder and a forward.
He spent £89m on Paul Pogba – a world record at the time – and £75m on Romelu Lukaku. And despite the signings of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, the 55-year-old Special One wants a world-class centre-back as he prepares to sell off several fringe players.
Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are all facing the exit door as Mourinho plans to cut down the gap between United and Manchester City.
The Real Madrid centre-back is adored by the Portuguese boss, who was the manager at Los Blancos that gave him playing time.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is understood to be interested in the deal, who could make a shock move for Samuel Umtiti himself.