Journalist questions whether Man United will spend £60m on 29-year-old

ESPN FC pundit Paolo Baldini questions whether Manchester United will match Bayern Munich's asking price for Jerome Boateng

Bayern defender Jerome Boateng Photo: Jerome Boateng / Instagram

Manchester United are unlikely to spend £60m on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to ESPN FC journalist Paolo Baldini.

The Red Devils are widely reported to be looking at a possible defensive signing before the close of the summer transfer window in the Premier League.

Manchester United have been linked with a host of centre-halves in the summer transfer window, including Leicester City star Harry Maguire, FC Barcelona defender Yerry Mina and Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.

Boateng endured a difficult World Cup like the rest of his compatriots as defending champions Germany crashed out in the group stage following losses to Mexico and South Korea.

The 29-year-old has been touted as a potential candidate to improve Jose Mourinho’s defence ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

However, ESPN FC journalist Baldini doesn’t anticipate Manchester United matching Bayern Munich’s transfer demands ahead of the deadline on Thursday.

“Bayern are asking in the region of £50m or £60m,” Baldini told ESPN FC.

“It is a sum Man United might baulk at. He is almost 30 and coming off a number of injury ravaged seasons.”

Manchester United have signed Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of the 20-time English champions.

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