Man United identify two new Alderweireld alternatives

Matt Stead

Manchester United continue to narrow down their list of possible centre-half signings.

United have sought a new centre-half throughout this summer, with Jose Mourinho drawing up a shortlist of eight players in June.

Among that octet was Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, who are now being targeted ‘instead’ of Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina.

According to The Independent, Alderweireld remains Mourinho’s first-choice signing, but Tottenham want around £55million for the 29-year-old.

Maguire is equally ‘seen as too high-priced’ at around £75million, while reported interest in Mina ‘primarily comes from Barcelona looking to sell the player’.

United will therefore turn to Boateng and Gimenez, with the former a far more attainable target.

Boateng ‘has spoken of his desire to try new football challenges’ after seven years with Bayern.

Gimenez is a much more ‘difficult’ player to sign however, having just extended his contract with Atletico.

Maybe Mourinho should just play himself there? Or Paul Pogba? Or Nemanja Matic?