Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have returned to their previous position as one of the most dominant teams in the transfer market.
The signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba for combined fees of well over £100 million have shown the Old Trafford club is ready to flex its muscles in the transfer market to bring in big name additions.
However, reports in Spain are now claiming there could have been one more high-profile addition after Mourinho himself made a personal phone call to one Real Madrid player this summer in an attempt to convince him to move to Old Trafford.
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According to Spanish journalist Paco Gonzalez of COPE radio's Tiempo de Juego, the Portuguese manager made contact with Madrid's Raphael Varane over the summer to discuss a potential move to Manchester.
What's more, it sounds like Mourinho was willing to throw the kitchen sink at the talented French centreback in order to sign him, with COPE claiming he and United told Varane they'd more than double to his wages to a huge €10 million-per-year.
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It isn't clear at this stage whether the phone call came before or after the Red Devils secured the services of Eric Bailly in a £30 million move from Villarreal.
Either way, the claim shows just how desperate Mourinho was to upgrade his options in defence ahead of his first season in charge at Old Trafford.
Unfortunately, while United may have been able to bring in a host of big names in recent months, obviously, they failed in their bid to bring Varane on board.
Again per Gonzalez, the 23-year-old defender apparently went to Real boss Zinedine Zidane to tell him of the offer he'd received from Manchester, insisting to his fellow Frenchman that he wanted to stay and fight for his place.
Moreover, somewhat surprisingly, Varane hasn't even tried to use United's promise to double his wages to try and improve his own Madrid deal.
Having waxed lyrical about the young centreback whilst he was manager at the La Liga giants, it is perhaps no surprise that Mourinho tried to bring Varane to Manchester this summer.
Although he was ultimately unable to add yet another stellar signing to his squad, it may have been a blessing in disguise given the confident start Bailly has made to his United career this season.
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