Willian In Fresh Manchester United Link
Manchester United are being linked with a £60million move for Chelsea winger Willian.
The 29-year-old is currently in Russia where he played for Brazil in their 1-1 World Cup draw with Switzerland last night. But according to the Daily Mail a bid will be made by United as manager Jose Mourinho seeks a reunion with a player he signed for Chelsea in 2013.
Willian has fallen down the pecking order under manager Antonio Conte. After starting 32 Premier League games in the side’s ill-fated 2015-16 campaign he was a member of the starting line-up on just 15 occasions in Conte’s first season in charge and 20 times in the season just ended. He was named the fans’ player of the season last month.
Jose Mourinho was initially linked with the 29-year-old two summers ago after he was first appointed Manchester United manager. But Chelsea refused to sell and it was the same when United made an enquiry over the Brazilian during the January transfer window.
Willian still has two years left on his current deal with Chelsea. He has always said that he is happy at Stamford Bridge and that he isn’t looking to change.
But the winger’s future won’t be decided until Chelsea sort out their managerial situation. The Blues look set to sack Conte having finally come to an agreement with Napoli over their former manager Maurizio Sarri. Conte is expected to depart in the coming days with Sarri installed as his replacement. The new boss will look carefully at his squad before deciding whether or not Willian will be allowed to leave.
Boateng To Choose United?
Manchester United will beat Real Madrid to the signature of Bayern Munich central defender Jerome Boateng. That’s according to reports from Spain which claim the Germany international will choose a move to Old Trafford over a switch to the Bernabeu.
United are expected to be in the market for a new centre-half despite already having five players in contention for two places at the heart of their defence.
Boateng insisted earlier this year that he could leave Bayern and the Bundesliga side’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that his club could listen to what he described as any “important offers”.
Reports from Germany suggested last week that Boateng would prefer a move to La Liga. But the word from Spain is that he could be on his way back to Manchester. He had a season at Manchester City in 2010-11 before moving to Bayern.