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Raphael Varane wasn’t Manchester United’s top centre-back target as Bruno Fernandes nears new deal – Manchester Evening News

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Welcome to our Manchester Evening News Manchester United daily news round-up, where we run through all the eye-catching stories of the day.

Even though the club enjoyed a brilliant transfer window, incomings and outgoings still seem to be the talk of the town, while a fans’ favourite looks to be on the verge of extending his time at Old Trafford…

Bruno Fernandes future a priority

Since his arrival to Old Trafford, Bruno Fernandes has been one of the most in-form players in Europe, so it should come as no real surprise that United are keen to reward him with a new deal.

United have made Fernandes’ contract talks a priority, with The Sun reporting that the Portugal international is set to earn £250,000-a-week. They add that the negotiations are nearing a conclusion and the signing of the deal could be on the horizon.

Very few people would argue Fernandes is undeserving of an improved deal considering the impact he’s had since joining United, though doubts remain over Paul Pogba’s long-term future at United with the Frenchman still yet to commit to the club beyond next summer.

Goretzka deal was never close

One midfielder that was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer was Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka.

However, Fabrizio Romano reports that Goretzka was never on United’s summer wishlist and that the German midfielder has always been keen to extend his stay with the Die Roten.

United made no secret of their desire to bolster their midfield options this summer, though it seems Goretzka wasn’t one of the players they were pursuing.

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Varane wasn’t United’s top defensive target

United fans are understandably ecstatic over the signing of four-time Champions League winner Raphael Varane as he appears to be the perfect partner for club captain Harry Maguire.

However, prior to signing Varane, United had originally attempted to thrash out a deal for highly-rated centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.

Corriere dello Sport report (via the Daily Express) that United lodged a £34.1million offer before signing Varane, with the move for the Senegal international breaking down after United and Napoli were unable to reach an agreement over a fee.

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