Man Utd target Jerome Boateng hailed in deadline day aftermath

Lynette Rowe
August 9, 2018

Manchester United kick the season off at 7:00 am on Saturday morning when they host the 2015-16 champions, Leicester City at Old Trafford.

"I'm not confident, I'm not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed".

Unai Emery has already splashed out on Sokratis from Borussia Dortmund but with Calum Chambers joining Fulham on loan the Gunners are in the market for another centre-back and Boateng is one of several players being linked.

Contrary to current belief though, Mourinho has been fairly successful in the transfer window in his two years at Manchester United and has built perhaps the strongest side Old Trafford has seen since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.

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Sources have told ESPN FC that United are interested in central defenders Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina but Mourinho - who has said the season could be "difficult" if the squad is not bolstered - admitted at a news conference on Thursday he is not expecting any new arrivals.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said, "I'm a United fan".

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Unlike in England, the window for the rest of Europe's leading leagues doesn't close until later in August, meaning Premier League clubs have faced even more inflated prices when buying from the continent.

"I think in the last couple of seasons he's been really, really poor, I think he had a awful World Cup as well".

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The midfielder, who shone as France won the World Cup in Russian Federation last month, is reported to have told his team-mates he is desperate to leave for Spain.

"My view is that, first of all, is hard for me to believe we finished second", he said.

Supporters would certainly be talking differently about their chances next season if they had Kante lining up alongside Nemanja Matic and Fred. Put it this way: I hope so, because if he is still there, it means they have been successful and won something.

Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure in pre-season having made a meagre three signings. United had apparently only been interested in a loan move, given that the defender has a awful injury record, but that just begs the question: Why did they want him at all?

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