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The reason why Jerome Boateng turned down Man United move revealed

The reason why Jerome Boateng turned down Man United move revealed

After failing to win any trophies last season, the Red Devils have been unable to sign any major players in this transfer window, despite manager Jose Mourinho's claims that he needed a squad overhaul.

SportBild journalist Christian Falk tweeted yesterday: "Jerome Boateng called Jose Mourinho to tell him personally that he is grateful for the interest, but he won't come to Manchester". Today, United make their move for Jerome Boateng...

But with the Premier League transfer window closing tomorrow, Boateng looks set to stay in the Bundesliga.

Darke reckons Alderweireld would have been the easiest target for United to go after. After signing 23-year-old German global Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04, Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was allowed to depart, with the 30-year-old having joined FC Barcelona in Spain.

United have been heavily linked with Leicester star Harry Maguire, as well as Alderweireld, but have been put off by their respective asking prices. 22-year-old Benjamin Pavard is rumored to have already signed an agreement with the Munich outfit during this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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"But of the players potentially available he would not be my first choice".

'I said during pre-season - it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane - but I repeat: pre-season is hard when you don't have your players to work, it's as simple as that'.

The only arrivals at Old Trafford this summer have been Brazil midfielder Fred, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot and back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Last season his Manchester United side then finished second in the Premier League, with their best points total since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, as well as losing in the FA Cup final to his former club Chelsea.


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