MANCHESTER UNITED have 'no chance' of signing Dayot Upamecano, according to reports in Germany.
The Red Devils are itching to bring in a new defensive partner for Harry Maguire, with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly failing to prove they're worthy of a place in a title-chasing side.
United joined Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in the race to sign RB Leipzig superstar Upamecano earlier this season.
But BILD's head of football, Christian Falk, has confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co are NOT in the running.
Falk tweeted: "True, Man Utd have no more chance for a transfer of Dayot Upamecano."
Man Utd will now turn their attentions to their other defensive targets.
Among the biggest names, United are shock contenders in the running for Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
Ramos, 34, is believed to be keen on a move to Old Trafford after a chat with his former team-mate – and United legend – David Beckham.
The Real Madrid captain's deal expires at the end of the season and he is already free to sign a pre-contract agreement with non-Spanish clubs.
Ramos wanted a two-year contract extension but, as per club policy, Los Blancos were initially unwilling to above one additional year, given his age.
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After finally caving, Real Madrid offered the Spain legend a two-year deal.
But Ramos rejected it after Los Blancos asked him to take a ten per cent pay cut.
The Real legend still expects to earn more than £200,000 a week wherever he moves, with United one of the few clubs able to cough up that sum.
Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running for Ramos, although the player is still most likely to remain at the Bernabeu beyond this season.
Meanwhile, Ramos' centre-back partner Varane, 27, has entered the final 18 months of his contract, with the club willing to cash-in to the tune of £44million.
United are believed to be among the clubs in the hunt for the France superstar, but face competition from Chelsea, Juventus and PSG.
The Red Devils have been interested in Varane since 2019 when he first considered walking away from the Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane’s return convinced him to stay then, but with the Real boss under-pressure himself, the France legend’s presence may not be a factor this time.
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