Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is keen to move to Spain rather than Old Trafford.
Earlier this month, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that the German champions were awaiting offers for the defender. His agent held talks with the club president, and expressed Boateng’s desire to leave the club this summer.
Rummenigge was quoted as saying: ‘His thoughts about leaving Bayern still exist, as his agent has told me.’
A number of clubs were alerted by the Bayern president’s comment, including Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho is keen to sign the German international as a part of his defensive overhaul this summer.
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Boateng is one of the best defenders in Europe at the moment. In 2011, he made the move to Germany after spending one season with Manchester City. Since then, he won six Bundesliga titles with the Reds, and was also a part of their 2013 Champions League winning team.
Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld was said to be United’s top target, but the Mancunians have been facing difficulties in agreeing on a fee for the Belgian.
Therefore, the Red Devils have turned their focus to other options, with Boateng being one of eight defenders on Mourinho’s list.
The Portuguese manager is looking for someone who can lead United’s defensive line next season, and the German seems a perfect fit. But according to Kicker, Boateng prefers to make a move to La Liga this summer.
This could be a blow for Manchester United, but they are yet to open talks with the player. Mourinho is currently busy working with Russia Today as a pundit for the World Cup.