Today’s fluff is a super dope homeboy from the Oaktown
José Mourinho has put a pretty exact figure on the number of signings he thinks Manchester United will make this week. “I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get, which is not a drama,” he said. The overwhelming weight of swirling rumour suggests that United’s one player will be a centre-back, but with Yerry Mina now apparently Everton-bound, who on earth will it be?
Speculation continues to centre around the same players United have noticeably not been buying all summer. According to “Sky sources” they are preparing an awe-inspiring bid for Harry Maguire likely to exceed the world-record £75m lavished by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk back in January. But someone has told ESPN that with moves for Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, who surely they would have bought by now if they actually wanted to, still distant United are formally switching their attention to Bayern Munich’s Jérôme Boateng, for whom the Germans “want a fee in the region of £50m” (ESPN) or “are prepared to accept around £45m” (Mail). Whichever, United inevitably hope to haggle it down, valuing the 29-year-old, who turns 30 in less than a month, at, well, less than whoever’s selling him wants to sell him for.