Jerome Boateng rebuffs Manchester United approach

Man Utd transfer news Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a central defender

Man Utd transfer news Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a central defender

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher reckons some of the criticism Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho gets is a bit overboard.

Boateng's change of heart is said to have come after he sat down with new Bayern coach Niko Kovac, who has ensured him he still has a role to play at the Bavarian club, despite what some have been saying. After signing 23-year-old German worldwide Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04, Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was allowed to depart, with the 30-year-old having joined FC Barcelona in Spain.

As soon as Bayern and one of the interested clubs agree on the Boateng deal, a 2018 World Cup victor could soon join Bayern to fill the gap.

United, according to sources, would want any deal for Alderweireld to reflect the fact he is refusing to sign a new contract and would be available for £25 million next summer.

Mourinho is desperate a new centre-back ahead of tomorrow's deadline and may revisit a move for England World Cup star Harry Maguire.

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Arjen Robben described Jerome Boateng as one of the world's best centre-backs and said he trusted Bayern Munich's leadership to make the right decision over the defender's future.

"But it will take more than a quality defender to galvanise them". Former Dutch global Arjen Robben has warned the club's leaders not to underestimate Boateng's value to the team.

Last season's Premier League runners-up have stuttered in the market this summer, having so far only signed Brazil midfielder Fred, promising full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant. Since 2016, Boateng has been sidelined with muscle injuries on several occasions. The player said the accusations were a great disappointment but he admitted to intensifying his rehabilitation.

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