Man United contact Real Madrid about number one defensive target – report

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Manchester United have made an enquiry about the availability of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane in the summer, according to a report in England.

The Independent is reporting that the Red Devils are eager to sign the France international to bolster their defensive options in the summer.

The same article states that Manchester United have identified Varane as their preferred choice to improve the centre of their defence ahead of the 2019-20 season.

According to the same story, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have also contacted Real Madrid about the possibility of signing Varane in the summer.

The Independent believe Real Madrid could be open to offers for Varane as Real Madrid look to sign Eden Hazard or Kylian Mbappe.

Manchester United have relied upon Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in the Premier League this season.

While the Sweden international has made big improvements this season, questions marks remain surrounding the long-term future of Jones and Smalling.

Eric Bailly has struggled to rekindle the form that earned him rave reviews at the start of his Manchester United career in 2016-17.

Argentina international Marcos Rojo has fought with fitness problems throughout the Premier League campaign to leave Jose Mourinho and then Solskjaer short on options at centre-half.

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