Arsenal look to beat Man United to £44m summer signing

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial has not travelled to Bayern Munich with the Manchester United squad

Arsenal look set to miss out on signing Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, Kicker believes.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that if the club does not strengthen before the season starts, it will be a hard campaign for them.

"My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time", Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"We have a good relationship, we are friends", Willian told ESPN Brasil after Chelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Boateng was one of nine centre backs recommended to Mourinho and Woodward, United's executive vice-chairman, by the club's scouting department towards...

Leicester's Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld, of Tottenham, were thought to be their top targets until the Red Devils' attentions turned to the Bundesliga yesterday.

Mourinho, according to sources, is open to the idea of replacing Martial with Willian but Woodward has concerns about swapping the 22-year-old for the Brazilian, who will be 30 this month.

But we want to know what United line-up you would select for their opener against Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Stories over the last 24 hours had suggested that Jose Mourinho was ready to make Boateng his new central defender but reports of the player preferring a move to Paris may put a spanner in the works.

Mourinho has seemed unhappy in pre-season and expressed his frustration at the club's lack of new signings.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a centre-back before the summer transfer window closes and German World Cup victor Boateng, 29, has emerged as a serious target for the Red Devils.

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