Manchester United turn to £50m Jérôme Boateng in search for defender

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial

Negotiations for Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld are becoming increasingly hard, sources said, leaving Woodward to turn his attention to German defender Boateng, who is likely to cost in the region of £50 million.

Brazilian midfielder Fred is the only United signing so far this summer who fans can expect to see on a regular basis, with teenage full-back Diogo Dalot signed for the future and veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant drafted in as emergency back-up.

"My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time", Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Willian was one of the few Chelsea players who continued to perform at his best in Mourinho's final few months as Chelsea manager in late 2015, with United linked with a move to sign the attacking star in both last summer and in the January transfer window.

"I don't know if there was any official bid [from Manchester United], but some things have happened", he said.




The Frenchman was said to have rejoined with the squad following the hard birth his partner had that kept him out of previous pre-season fixtures. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.

That's because, a report from German publication SportBild revealed after the game that United had made huge strides in their chase for Jerome Boateng on the day of the friendly.

Boateng had emerged as the leading candidate as a cheaper option to Maguire but that deal could now be in doubt. "I'm a coach. Give me a group of players and I will coach them".

"In the World Cup and recent seasons, I think he's been atrocious at times with his defending".

"I think the first people to recognise that will be the people at United".

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