Manchester United turn to £50m Jérôme Boateng in search for defender

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Maurizio Sarri, now of Chelsea, once described the transfer market as "the refuge of the weak", explaining the window "is for those who can't train their players".

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac said there is no news regarding defender Jerome Boateng amid reported interest from Manchester United. "You know that every season you have to perform well and when you're not performing well you're not in the team".

Manager Jose Mourinho was thrilled with his youthful Manchester United team despite a 1-0 friendly defeat at Bayern Munich on Sunday night.

The Frenchman instead stayed behind for a double training session at Carrington after leaving the tour of the U.S.to attend the birth of his child.

"There is no time to cry for the players that are not going to be". I know that he tries the best for me.

Despite Mourinho's negativity, Chris Smalling urged United to put down a marker for the season by hitting the ground running against the Foxes.

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"The other clubs that compete with us are really strong or they have already fantastic squads like Chelsea, Spurs, City, or they are investing massively like for example Liverpool buying everything and everybody", Mourinho told MUTV.

"The start of the season does come round very quickly", he said. We're often the most talked about, and why not let us set the tone for the season and hopefully just get that win and set a marker?

With the situation surrounding Anthony Martial's future at the club looking quite perilous, it could be an extremely busy week for Woodward and United on the transfer front. It's insane, if you sit down and think about where it all started and certain games and how the process has gone, it's pretty insane.

"I just text him [Mourinho] saying I'll come back and it was as simple as that", added Jones.

Jose Mourinho's hopes of bringing in his two main targets this summer were dealt a blow as one of them signalled his intention to remain with his club.

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