Man United open talks with Southampton over defender – report

Manchester United are interested in Southampton defender Jose Fonte, according to reports in England

Manchester United have opened talks with Southampton over their Portugal defender Jose Fonte, according to reports in British media.

ESPN FC are claiming that the Red Devils have entered informal negotiations over a deal to sign the 32-year-old centre-half in the summer transfer window.

The same story states that United manager Jose Mourinho is eager to sign an experienced defender to provide more leadership at the back.

The article adds that the Red Devils were previously interested in Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci and Real Madrid centre-half Raphael Varane rejected a move to Old Trafford.

Mourinho has signed four players in the summer transfer window after the Portuguese coach was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May.

The Red Devils manager started his summer spending spree with the £30m signing of Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly from La Liga side Villarreal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed a free transfer to United from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain following months of speculation.

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Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan became United’s third signing of the summer after sealing a £30m transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-time English champions finally completed a world-record move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba on Tuesday.

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