Arsenal ‘to rival Manchester United’ for Bayern’s £45m-rated Boateng

Manchester United will reportedly face competition from Arsenal for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a centre-back before Thursday afternoon’s transfer deadline.

And according to reports in Germany, United have opened discussions with the German giants for the former Manchester City defender.

United, who lost to Bayern in their final pre-season friendly on Sunday night, have also been linked with moves for Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.

But Boateng appears to have jumped to the front of Mourinho’s wanted queue.

According to German publication Kicker however, Arsenal – and Paris Saint-Germain – could emerge as rivals for his signature.

Why Boateng could join Manchester United from Bayern Munich for £45m because of Jay-Z

Manchester United are in negotiations with Bayern Munich over a move for Jerome Boateng – but why would the Bundesliga giants let one of their most dependable defenders leave so easily?

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign centre back and former Manchester City man is reportedly set for a return to north west England in a deal worth around £45million.

And the Bavarians reportedly have a bizarre reason for wanting to end his seven-year tenure.

According to Munich-based tabloid Tz , Bayern bosses are prepared to sell because they are fed up of Boateng’s friendship-come-marketing-partnership with US rap superstar Jay-Z.

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