Man Utd could sign 29-year-old centre-back — Club ready to sell star for £50million

Bayern Munich have reportedly told Manchester United to shell out a fee of around £50m to acquire the services of German defender Jerome Boateng, The Manchester Evening News reports.

United boss Jose Mourinho is on the search for a reinforcement at the heart of the defence despite pursuing the likes of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof in the past two summer transfer windows.

As such, Toby Alderweireld and Kalidou Koulibally has been highlighted as probable players to strengthen the backline and Boateng, who is supposedly keen on leaving Bayern, has now emerged as an option.

According to M.E.N, Bayern are prepared to do business with United for the World Cup winner and they could demand as much as £50m for the 29-year-old centre-back.

When comparing to Spurs’ Alderweireld, Boateng certainly appears as the cheaper alternative on United’s shortlist but his injury record may restrict the United board from spending on his signature.

Boateng has not managed 30 league games in any of his previous seven seasons at Bayern and the last thing Mourinho wants is to recruit another centre-back, who could persistently remain in the treatment room.

Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have all gone through a similar pattern at Old Trafford with the former sustaining a couple of long-term injuries within just a two-year period with the club.

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