Jose Mourinho has already picked his first Manchester United signing 4 years ago

Jose Mourinho has already picked his first Manchester United signing

The deal isn't done yet but Jose Mourinho is rumoured to be spending his hiatus putting together a wishlist of players for Ed Woodward.

It was reported yesterday that the former Chelsea boss had already told friends that the United job was a "done deal" for him and, later that day, the terms of his contract were leaked in a Spanish broadsheet.

And while nothing should be believed before an official statement comes out, it's understood that Mourinho has identified the first signing he wants to make when he likely takes the reins at Old Trafford.

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The Sun has reported that Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane is the man on whom'The Special One' wants to build the foundation of his new team.

Mourinho signed Varane from Lens in 2011 and the French international has since matured into one of the most promising defenders in world football.

Mourinho prides himself on a reliable defence (ignore the first half of this season) and he wants Varane to partner United stalwart Chris Smalling at the back, according to reports.

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The Red Devils have been remarkably short at the back throughout this campaign, with injuries to both Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw forcing Louis van Gaal into a reshuffle that has seen Daley Blind starting at centre-back and inexperienced defenders like Paddy McNair relied upon too often.

"I think he (Varane) is the best young central defender in the world," Mourinho said in 2014. "Already I think he's the best."