Manchester United manager José Mourinho who is said to improve his backline ahead of next season is reportedly eyeing a move for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng this summer despite City’s interest in the German international.
According to The Sun, the Portuguese manager has seen enough of some costly errors made by Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones this term and he hope to find a lasting solution to his backline crisis before the commencement of the 2018-19 season in the summer.
Boateng is surely a world-class defender who has proven his worth with the Bundesliga giants over the years, helping the team to an unprecedented five Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal, and a Champions League trophy. The former City defender is on course to win his sixth Bundesliga title as Munich remain in the first position with 17 points separating them from RB Leipzig who are in the second spot on the league log.
The 2014 World Cup winner is set to cost the Red Devils whopping sum of £50m should they wish to beat their rivals to the player’s signature this summer.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested in the 29-year-old defender, thereby making the competition for Boateng’s services more fierce and unpredictable in the summer. The two Spanish giants are hoping to improve their defense line ahead of next season and they both believe the German is the right player to lead their respective defense line in the 2018-19 season.
Pep Guardiola is also keeping a close tab on the player whom he coached during his time at Allianz Arena. The Citizen’s manager is reportedly hoping to offload an injury-prone Vincent Kompany this summer and he wish to lure Boateng to Etihad as the Belgian’s replacement.