Former Premier League Champions Manchester United have been boosted in the race to sign Bayern Munich Star defender Jerome Boateng this summer as they could use Munich’s interest in Anthony Martial to their advantage.
The Bavarians are reportedly set to offload the German defender this summer as they are willing to bring new and young defenders into their squad before the start of next season’s Bundesliga campaign.
According to German outlet Bild, the Bundesliga Champions are in contact with Paris St-German and the Red Devils over the possibility of selling the experienced player to either of the team.
Though the Ligue 1 side haven’t been heavily linked with Boateng’s signature, they won’t reject the chance of luring him to the Parc Des Princes Stadium this summer.
Unlike PSG, Manchester United are keenly interested in Boateng and they hope to get him before the end of the ongoing transfer market.
The Red Devils are in search of new defenders as most of the players — at the back of the pitch — are said to be heading out of the Theater of Dreams for greener pasture.
Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are linked with Everton and Wolverhampton respectively.
Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw are yet to know their stands in Mourinho’s plan and they could be heading to another club this summer, therefore, it is important for the Portuguese manager to get the German star, who would bring more stability to the defence line.
According to the report, Martial could be offered as a makeshift in their desire to lure Boateng to Old Trafford ahead of the upcoming season.
Giroud Encouraged To Leave Chelsea For More Playing Time
French national team manager Didier Deschamps has encouraged Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud to leave the Premier League club for more playing time.
Didier Deschamps revealed that Giroud is under pressure to keep his place as the central striker in the French team mainly due to his lack of playing time at Chelsea.
He talked about Olivier Giroud during his post-match press conference after the Euro 2020 qualifier between France and Turkey which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Giroud came off the bench to give France a 76th minute lead before Kaan Ayhan secured a point for the visitors in the final minutes of the game.
Didier Deschamps hinted that Giroud will have to leave Chelsea for more playing time if he wants to stay in his starting XI.
Giroud has featured for just 187 minutes for Chelsea this season and Didier Deschamps explained that it was the reason behind him starting just one of the two Euro 2020 qualifiers this month.
He scored the winning goal for France during last week’s slim 1-0 victory at the home of Iceland.
Giroud started that game but he was left out of the XI for the Turkey game on Monday night.
His striker against Turkey makes his three goals in the last four games for France.
Ex-Man Utd Stars On Target In Friendly Win
Former Manchester United defenders Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair were on target for Northern Ireland in their international friendly win over Czech Republic in Prague on Monday evening.
The ex-Manchester United stars scored the goals in the first half of the game.
Middlesbrough player Paddy McNair gave Northern Ireland the lead away from home on nine minutes before Leicester City centre back Jonny Evans added a second goal from close range midway into the first half.
Paddy McNair completed his brace and a third goal for Northern Ireland in the 40th minute to complete a remarkable first half performance for his team.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and his players were three goals up at the halftime interval.
They were pegged back by their hosts in quick succession midway into the second half through Vladimir Darida and Alex Kral.
The Czech Republic goals came within one minute as they set up a grandstand finish which saw Northern Ireland emerge unscathed to secure a slim 3-2 win over the Czechs for their first friendly victory away from home in 13 years.
Northern Ireland were able to recover from the late heartbreak against the Netherlands in their Euro 2020 qualifier held in Amsterdam last week.
Why Giroud Will Leave Chelsea In January Revealed
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has said that he might need to leave the Premier League club in a bid to stay in the French team ahead of the 2020 edition of the European Championship.
Giroud hinted at a Chelsea exit during his latest interview as monitored by popular English news outlet Metro.
According to him, he’s not happy at the lack of playing time at Chelsea under new manager Frank Lampard and that the solution could be to leave the club when the winter transfer window reopens in the New Year.
Giroud spoke ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Turkey which ended in a score draw.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to give France the lead on 76 minutes thus putting them well on course for qualification to Euro 2020.
The qualification was then halted by a late equaliser from Kaan Ayhan for Turkey who maintained their position as leaders in Group H.
Olivier Giroud has had to endure lack of playing time at Chelsea this season with new manager Frank Lampard turning to younger players to move the club forward.
England international Tammy Abraham has led the line for Chelsea this season and Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi has been his deputy for the larger part of the season with Giroud now the third choice striker.
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