Jerome Boateng will cost Manchester United at least £43 million if they want to sign him this summer

Manchester United have been told the staggering fee that it would cost them to sign Jerome Boateng this summer. United have been linked with Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld for much of the summer, with negotiations hitting problems in the fee Spurs want and the fee United are prepared to pay. A list of seven additional central defenders was reported in the media, one of those being the German international who has previously suggested he wants to think about his future this summer after winning it all at the Bavarian club.

Boateng, 29, is six months older than Alderweireld, turning 30 in September. It was reported ahead of the FIFA World Cup that Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would listen to ‘important’ offers for the German international, who played in Germany’s World Cup opener against Mexico on Sunday, which resulted in the current holders losing 1-0 with Mexico turning on the form to do the unexpected and take three points. Germany play their second game on Saturday, needing a win against Sweden, which could be another tough game.

Boateng is said to be a cheaper option than Alderweireld, with Spurs asking £70 million, a fee in the same bracket (although £5 million cheaper) as the one Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk. Bayern would consider selling the 29-year-old for £43 million this summer, which is a massive fee based on the age of the player. Jose Mourinho is said to be an admirer of the former Manchester City defender, leaving the club after one season because of his playing position at the club, where he played as a right-back, seeking a more central role, which he found.

Boateng is an experienced international, not only a World Cup winner, but a player who has done it all for Bayern in the seven seasons he has played at the club, even winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup. However, his fitness record in recent years, including a hamstring injury during the past season will be a worry, something to suggest the club may seek another player from their wish list unless Spurs accept a fee that United are prepared to pay for their Belgian defender.

Juventus are also said to be keen on Boateng, so the player has options if he does actually want to leave Bayern this summer. Mourinho has signed two central defenders already at the club, spending £30 million on Eric Bailly during his first transfer window, also signing Victor Lindelof last summer for £31 million. Quite modest fees considering what other clubs have done with their defence. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spent more than £100 million on adding John Stones and Aymeric Laporte to his squad, whilst Jurgen Klopp spent £75 million on one player for Liverpool.

United may have to go back to the drawing board in the pursuit of a capable central defender this summer. There are many other options on the list, Kalidou Koulibaly was another, but the likelihood that he could remain at Napoli this summer, added to the £70 million fee attributed to the player, would suggest that if United want an experienced central defender, they will have to pay a fee that the selling clubs demand and I am sure the Old Trafford club know that.

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