Laurent Koscielny
Koscielny has been one of the key players for Arsenal Getty

Manchester United are keeping track of Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny and Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante as they look to bolster their squad for the 2016/17 season. The Red Devils showed the exit door to their manager Louis van Gaal just days after he helped them win the FA Cup.

Following the Dutchman's departure, the 20-time English champions are set to appoint Jose Mourinho as their new manager. He will return to management for the first time since he was sacked at Chelsea last December.

According to the French publication Le10Sport, the Portuguese tactician has set his sights on two Premier League players, Koscielny and Kante. The 53-year-old has identified strengthening United's centre-back position and also targets signing a player to bring more stability in the centre of the pitch.

Both Koscielny and Kante have enjoyed an impressive season in the Premier League, with the latter winning the title with the Foxes. The duo have been included in the France squad for the summer's European championship starting on 10 June.

Koscielny, 30, is Arsene Wenger's star defender and when he was out of action due to injuries in the recently concluded season, the north London club have struggled. It is unlikely the French manager will allow the central defender to join United, who will be managed by Mourinho.

Kante is also a target for Arsenal as they look to add more steel to their midfield position. According to another French publication Le Parisien, the France international midfielder has rejected a new deal offered by Leicester.

Claudio Ranieri's side are resigned to losing their prized asset in the summer transfer window. Kante has already held talks with Paris Saint-Germain's representatives on two occasions and he has one more meeting planned with the Ligue 1 winners. PSG are desperate to sign him and both United and Arsenal could face competition from the French champions.