Manchester United's pursuit of Jerome Boateng has taken another major twist

Manchester United are still desperately searching for a centre-back.

The club have monitored various options, with moves for Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina all being touted in the past dew weeks.

But a new name has now entered the fray: Jerome Boateng.

It has been reported throughout the summer that Bayern Munich have been willing to sell the Germany defender.

And links to Manchester United have escalated in recent days. However, the deal looked off on Wednesday morning, when numerous outlets, including the Guardian, reported that Boateng had phoned Mourinho to tell him he was not interested in a move.

However, Sky Sports have provided a fresh update that suggests otherwise.

Sky Sports claim that Man United are keen to bring Jerome Boateng to Old Trafford, and that they have made him their number one recruit.

However, they claim that Mourinho has doubts over his injury record, and thus only wants to strike a loan deal with Bayern.

And Sky Sports presenter, Pete Graves, went a step further by confirming on Twitter that both parties are interested in the move.

Wow. It looks as if this particular deal is not completely over just yet. 

If Man United are able to get a complete a move for Boateng, they would be acquiring one of the best defenders in Europe over the past few years.

While both Mourinho and Boateng are said to be keen to get the deal done, that idea is not shared by Boateng’s teammates at Bayern.

Franck Ribery claimed earlier this week how he wants him to stay because of his importance to Bayern.

“I’ve been playing with Jerome for many years now,” he said, per the Metro. “I hope he’ll stay with us because he’s an important player. To me, he’s one of the best central defenders in the world.”

And David Alaba also added to those comments. “We’d all be sad,” said the Austrian. “He’s a world-class player, one of the best in his position.”

This is definitely not the last we have heard of this deal.

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