Manchester United are unlikely to acquire Jerome Boateng during this transfer window, despite the defender being keen on the move.
That’s according to BBC journalist Simon Stone, who claims that Jose Mourinho still thinks a deal can be done on loan, while Bayern are after a straight sale; potentially proving to be the stumbling block.
This window has been diabolical. The business done so far just hasn’t been enough. Jose Mourinho’s men finished some nineteen points off the pace last season. It’s a gap that Fred alone just isn’t going to make up.
Was told earlier today that @ManUtd highly unlikely to get Jerome Boateng but since been told player still keen if he feels Utd really want him. Jose thinks it can be done. Were talking loan. Bayern wanted straight sale.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) August 8, 2018
Whether that’s down to Edward Woodward alone remains to be seen, but the manager has every right to be frustrated.
We’re talking about a club with an embarrassment of riches at their disposal. I think it’s extremely telling that at this point in time, West Ham finds themselves with a significantly higher net spend.
This isn’t a knock on Fred, by the way. He’s a great player, we just need more. A new centre-half is an absolute must. An injured Eric Bailly is about our best hope back there right now. We saw how that panned out last term. It could well be a frustrating campaign if no deal is pushed over the line.