Wednesday 12 December 2018

Manchester United considering move for Jerome Boateng as Jose Mourinho targets alternatives to Toby Alderweireld

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng

Miguel Delaney

Manchester United are still someway short of Tottenham Hotspur's valuation of Toby Alderweireld, and are considering approaches for Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng or Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez instead.

With the transfer window closing on Thursday, Jose Mourinho is adamant the club sign him an authoritative centre-half, but the Old Trafford have encountered more frustration in their pursuit of Alderweireld.

Spurs have let it be known they would sell but only at a certain price - understood to be over £55m - and United are still no closer to meeting it.

In what has become a game of brinksmanship, United are now considering moves for two players who they have had long-standing interest in: Boateng and Gimenez.

The Atletico defender would be difficult to prise away at this stage, but Boateng has spoken of his desire to try new football challenges after so long at Bayern.

United will still press ahead with a move for Alderweireld, but the frustration of the situation is forcing them to look elsewhere.

That said, Harry Maguire is seen as too high-priced, given Leicester City would want £75m, while the speculation around Yerry Mina primarily comes from Barcelona looking to sell the player.

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