Man United face uphill battle in pursuit of former Man City defender

The Star on Sunday are reporting that Manchester United‘s pursuit of former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng is in jeopardy – due to his girlfriend’s reluctance to move back to the city.

The Red Devils have been strongly linked with Bayern Munich’s World Cup-winning defender, but the mother of Boateng’s twin children was reportedly unsettled in Manchester four years ago while the 26-year-old was plying his trade at the Etihad Stadium.

Boateng himself was also understood to be unhappy playing at right-back instead of his preferred centre-back berth at City, eventually sealing a move to Bayern in a £10 million deal in 2011 after just one season at Eastlands.

United would aim to play him in the centre of defence, seeing him as a possible alternative to other long-term targets Mats Hummels and Nicolas Otamendi of Borussia Dortmund and Valencia respectively.

Boateng has been valued at £20 million and Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is believed to be open to selling the player.

However, due to Boateng’s girlfriend’s aversion to Manchester, United may face a huge task if they are to convince him to return to the city.