Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wanted to make Raphael Varane his first signing at Manchester United, according to Spanish media outlet AS.
Mourinho worked with the France international during his time at Real Madrid and was keen on bringing him to Old Trafford.
Despite Mourinho making the 26 year old centre-back a priority, AS via Manchester Evening News claims Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane persuaded Varane to stay in Spain.
After failing to sign Varane from Real Madrid, Mourinho signed Eric Bailly before adding Victor Lindelof a year later.
Zidane recently talked about United’s interest in Varane.
“That feeling is positive, he knows what he has done here and it is normal that there are rumours that they want him, but I see him well here, he is the fourth captain here and his progression here is not over,” Zidane said in a pre-match press conference.
“Anyway there is a lot of talk, people can say and write and everyone can think and what the player thinks and he’s been here for eight years and so far he has done phenomenally. and happy, and stuck, and not as has been spoken lately. “