Manchester United are reportedly keen on securing an agreement for Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng before the transfer window concludes on Thursday.
Jose Mourinho has been eager to pursue a new centre-back during the summer transfer window and this has witnessed the club linked with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire.
According to The Guardian, Boateng has now emerged as the prime target to bolster the central defence, though United are not keen to overpay for the German World Cup winner.
As per the publication, Bayern are understood to value Boateng between £45m and £53m but United remain reluctant to discuss a deal unless the valuation is lowered.
Boateng has been regarded as one of Bayern’s consistent performers over the years but buying him may not be a wise choice, considering he has barely gone through a season in Germany without niggles.
United already possess the likes of Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, who have gone through periods on the sidelines and signing Boateng would surely be a gamble based on his woeful injury history.
Manchester United have made three signings in the form of Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant this summer but only the former is expected to take the playing field for Friday’s league opener versus Leicester City.