£43m Boateng could prove to be smart Man United Alderweireld alternative

Manchester United have been told that a move for 29-year-old Bayern Munich central defender Jerome Boateng would cost £43m at least, according to the Manchester Evening News. 

What’s the story, then?

The MEN report that Boateng is on the shortlist of eight top-class central defenders he has assembled with designs on bolstering his backline this summer and has had him scouted.

They claim that Bayern Munich have informed the Red Devils that despite Boateng’s injury history and advancing years, £43m is as low as they will go for the German defender after telling him he is free to leave.

They also say that while Toby Alderweireld is still on Mourinho’s agenda, the Portuguese manager also has a number of cheaper alternatives in mind.

£43m would be decent business

Boateng is a truly elite defender and although there are some drawbacks; United may not need another ageing player or one with persistent injury problems, he would be a good signing.

He has pace, strength and discipline and has been at the heart of truly elite teams for a number of years now. He even knows the English game and Manchester somewhat after a brief spell with City.

With the price spiralling for Alderweireld, who is also 29 with injury problems, Bayern being willing to offload Boateng for a set value may represent the better deal for United.