Manchester United are reported to have stepped up their efforts to sign centre-back Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich. According to sources in Germany, the Red Devils have approached Bayern over a possible transfer deal, which is thought to be worth in the region of £45 million.
Man United’s ‘scattergun’ approach to transfers this summer has been well documented, leading to rumours of a possible rift between manager Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The general feeling around Old Trafford is that the two key figures are at odds over United’s current transfer policy, which suggests that the club are not willing to spend big on older players.
“I would like two more players. I don’t think I’m going to have two,” said Mourinho last week. “I think it’s possible I’m going to have one.
“I gave my club a list of five names a few months ago. I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.”
With Mourinho placing a new centre-back at the top of his list of priorities, United have been linked with a number of top players, including Tottenham’s Toby Aldeweireld and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire – who are considered to be the more expensive options at £60m and £75m respectively, and Barcelona youngster Yerry Mina, who is currently valued at £30 million.
Jerome Boateng was one of the first players that United were linked with at the beginning of the summer transfer window, but with the 29-year-old contracted until 2021 and Bayern not interested in a potential swap deal involving Anthony Martial, it appeared that any potential transfer between the two clubs was unlikely to go ahead. However, with the transfer window set to close this week, United have reignited their interest in Boateng, and are prepared to pay big to acquire the German international.
Boateng is rumoured to be open to a move to Old Trafford, yet United could be forced to fend off competition from PSG, who are also interested in the veteran centre-back. Should United fail to reach an agreement with Bayern, the club are expected to return to Leicester City to negotiate a deal for Harry Maguire. Toby Alderweireld is another possibility; however, a move for Yerry Mina could now be off the table, with the Colombian close to completing a £30m transfer to Everton.