A flutter of news stories have been doing the rounds regarding Manchester United’s late interest in signing Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng on deadline day.
Initially, the rumor was squashed by reports stating that the German himself had phoned Mourinho and informed him that a deal wasn’t happening, even before the club has submitted an official bid.
However, claims since have put doubt on even that statement, and the growing consensus seems to be that the 29-year-old wishes to move to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho is believed to be deeply interested as well, but a disagreement on the centre-back’s price tag appears to have been the bigger issue. Now, a newer update awaits.
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BBC’s Simon Stone tweeted the following: “Was told earlier today that @ManUtd highly unlikely to get Jerome Boateng but since been told player still keen if he feels Utd really want him. Jose thinks it can be done. Were talking loan. Bayern wanted straight sale.”
This is certainly a new element of a big magnitude if the Mancunian side indeed wished for a loan move. A prior report had even gone on to state that an initial bid by United had been rejected, as their valuation wasn’t as high Munich’s.
Further, if this is true, big questions will be raised regarding how truly serious United may be in pursuing this transfer.
It goes without saying that the Mancunian giants are desperate for a leader in the heart of their defense in order to attain their challenges this campaign.
However, now that they still remain heavily linked with the likes of Alderweireld and even Harry Maguire in addition to Boateng, one can’t help but fear that all of this effort may prove to be too little too late in the end.
Supporters will be grim, and hope that United don’t kick off next season without having made a significant signing in the spot.