Manchester United want Jerome Boateng on loan only

Utd chief executive has made funds available but will not pay over the odds - Sky sources

Jerome Boateng
Image: Jerome Boateng is Jose Mourinho's No 1 target

Manchester United are keen to bring Jerome Boateng to Old Trafford – but only on loan deal, Sky Sports News understands.

Jose Mourinho has the German international as his No 1 choice recruit - but privately behind the scenes at United, there are fears over a permanent contract for a player with a chequered history of injuries.

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Boateng, 29, suffered muscle and tendon injuries over the past three Bundesliga campaigns, missing 27 games in total since December 2016.

Last season he suffered a hamstring injury in April, almost causing him to miss Germany's dismal World Cup campaign in Russia.

Boateng also missed a number of games at the beginning of the 2017-18 season due to another hamstring problem.

He returned to training last month - starting on the bench in Wednesday's friendly against FC Rottach-Egern - and remains contracted to Bayern until 2021.

But with the transfer window closing at 5pm on Thursday, Mourinho is running out of time to find a new central defender.

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during the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Leicester, England.
Image: Harry Maguire is still hopeful of joining Manchester United

Privately, United believe Harry Maguire is not for sale at Leicester and as things stand, Yerry Mina's chances of coming to Old Trafford look increasingly slim.

Chief executive Ed Woodward has made funds available to Mourinho but he is determined not to pay over the odds in the current market.

Maguire is still hoping for a move to Manchester United before the window shuts.

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But one source has told Sky Sports News that United have already had two bids turned down by Leicester for the England defender. The second bid was worth about £60m.

It is understood Leicester are in advanced talks to sign two centre-backs - Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb and Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg - at a combined cost of about £35m.

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