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Manchester United manager has been a long-term admirer of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, and it appears like the Portuguese manager has been given the green light by Florentino Perez to get his man if he can cough up £52million.

The France international was handed his debut for Real under Mourinho back in 2011 and the United boss has gone on record in the past admitting his admiration for the player.

Mourinho is said to be far from happy with the current options he has in defence with doubts over the futures of Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo’s, while Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have both had injury concerns this season.

A summer shake-up has also been proposed by Real president Florentino Perez at the Bernabeu after a disastrous La Liga title defence, with several top stars and boss Zinedine Zidane all tipped to leave.

Diario Gol has claimed that Mourinho has spoken with Perez about signing Varane and that the Real chief has agreed that the player can leave for £52 million.

You can argue that it is a reasonable price in the current market, as the player is undoubtedly very talented and at the age of just 24, already boasts of 40 caps for his country.

He hasn’t got the full support of his boss though, as Zidane has been hesitant to pick his fellow countryman at times this season.

A lot will now depend on how United shape-up defensively for the remainder of the season and whether Mourinho will feel the need to make changes in that area in the summer.

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