Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has phoned Real Madrid star Raphael Varane in a bid to convince the defender to move to Old Trafford, Spanish source Cope claim.

The Red Devils have done their transfer business early this summer and have added Eric Bailly as an option at the heart of their rearguard.

However, Varane is a player that Mourinho knows well from his time in the Spanish capital, with the Portuguese trainer giving the young Frenchman his chance to play in La Liga.

With Sergio Ramos and Pepe first choice at the heart of Zinedine Zidane’s defence, the former Lens defender is not guaranteed regular action at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

As such, the report suggests that Mourinho phoned Varane personally to try and convince him of the merits of moving to United and becoming a key player for the English club.

The report suggests that the Red Devils boss was ready to double the France international’s wages should he move to Old Trafford and would pay him €10 million per year.

United were in the running to sign Varane from Lens back in 2011 but Madrid intervened at the last minute to snatch the Lille-born star from their grasps.

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