Manchester United have spent heavily under Jose Mourinho in the past two summer transfer windows. The way United have started the transfer window, it looks like United are willing to go big again.
Strengthening the defence is one of the top priorities for Mourinho this summer. The Red Devils should look to sign a prominent centre-back, having already signed promising full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto.
Concurrently, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that they will listen to offers for centre-back Jerome Boateng. And Manchester United have been linked with making a move for the German international, who is reportedly also on the radar of Real Madrid.
Scouting Jerome Boateng
The 29-year-old German is an experienced defender and a serial winner. He has won several Bundesliga titles, a Champions League and various domestic trophies to further enhance his reputation in Germany. Boateng is currently one of the best ball-playing centre-backs in the world.
Despite being tall and physical, he is very nimble on the ball. His passing range from the back is exemplary, to say the least. The 29-year-old has a pass success rate of over 86% in the Bundesliga, a fabulous number for a defender.
He can deliver key passes from deep positions to open up opposition defences (13 key passes in 19 league games in the 2017/18 season). In succinct, when Boateng has possession, he has to be marked as a play-maker.
Boateng possesses the ability to move forward with the ball while having the pace to make retrieving runs. However, several injury issues in recent seasons have rather curtailed his pace.
If Manchester United do sign Boateng, his reduced pace won’t be an issue. Mourinho’s playing system is predominantly established on a slightly deep defensive line and playing direct football.
In this system, Boateng doesn’t have to show his pace. In general, he is a solid defender, who is good on the ball and a threat from set-pieces.
Boateng to Manchester United would satisfy all the parties involved – Bayern can sign a new defender with the money received from Boateng’s sale, while United will get a world-class defender, who is certain to bolster their backline. And the player himself will receive the opportunity to thrive in the Premier League once again, having previously failed to make his mark at Manchester City.