Boost for Manchester United as target allowed to leave

Manchester United’s hopes of landing a top central defender this summer have been handed a boost, with the news that one of their targets will be granted a transfer.

The Premier League runners up have been linked with a whole host of central backs in recent months, with most speculation pointing at a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.

However, United are struggling to to reach an agreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who according to some reports is demanding up to £75 million for the Belgian.

While Alderweireld has hinted that he may now stay at Tottenham, Manchester United have been linked with plenty of other defenders, including Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet and Jerome Boateng.

However, despite potential disappointment in their chase of Alderweireld, United could be boosted by the news that Bayern Munich are willing to cash in Germany international, Boateng.

Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Sport Bild: “His thoughts about leaving Bayern still exist, as his agent has told me.

“We know that this topic might be approaching. When a club is interested and Jerome says that he wants to join this club, we will consider it.

“I don’t hide the fact that we have a financial threshold, but it won’t be low for sure. But I know that Jerome is thinking about leaving.”

It is thought that the Bundesliga champions value Boateng at €35 million (£30.8m).

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