Man United plotting move to sign £20m-rated Borussia Dortmund defensive star

Manchester United are reportedly considering a bid for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis.

According to The Mirror, United scouts have been watching the £20m-rated centre-back in recent weeks ahead of a potential move for the 29-year-old in the summer.

The newspaper adds that Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is targeting a partner for Eric Bailly in defence, and has put Sokratis on the club’s radar.

United are also allegedly keen on Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld, but the club believe that Sokratis is a more achievable target.

Mourinho is understood to be tracking midfield targets too, due to the imminent retirement of Michael Carrick.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is reportedly refusing to admit defeat in his attempt to sign Eric Dier from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils fell short in their attempt to sign the England international early in Mourinho’s Old Trafford reign and have since turned their attention elsewhere.

With another busy summer of transfer activity expected at United, though, Transfermarketweb claims that Mourinho will renew his interest in Dier by tabling a £55m bid.