Manchester United are keeping tabs on Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, according to reports.
United intended to strengthen their defensive options during the summer transfer window but the failure to offload fringe players such as Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo meant they were unable to add to the department.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been much improved in recent weeks but a defender is still believed to be high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wish list.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Ramos could be a target if he fails to agree a new contract with the La Liga giants.
The Spain international is believed to want a two-year extension but Madrid are only willing to offer a one-year deal with United named as a club keeping tabs on his situation.
Ramos used United as a bargaining chip in negotiations over a new contract with Madrid in 2015, when he ended up signing a five-year deal to 2020 with the Bernabeu club, which was later extended to 2021.
United would be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the 35-year-old in January but could face competition from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, who have reportedly laid out a three-year deal for the World Cup winner.
MEN Sport understands United hold an interest in Ramos’ teammate Raphael Varane. A move for Ramos is unlikely given his age and wage demands.
Elsewhere, reported United target Eduardo Camavinga is set to sign a new contract if reports in France are to be believed.
Camavinga, 18, is one of Europe’s hottest prospects and recently scored on his first start for the French national team.
United and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the youngster but L’Equipe believe he will extend his contract with Rennes before Christmas.
The Ligue 1 side do not want to lose their prized asset on the cheap and will offer him fresh terms with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2022.