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Manchester United are still working on the possible alternative for the defender with Mourinho insistent on to bring in a quality addition to the team before the start of the new season even of the deal with Tottenham break apart if they are unable to secure the replacement on right time.

According to the Daily Mail, Bayern Munich and Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng has informed the Portuguese tactician that he does not wish to move to the English giants after weeks of speculation. "When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is hard to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

Meanwhile, sources also said Harry Maguire is "intrigued" by United's interest but hope of agreeing a deal with Leicester is fading.

United contacted Atletico Madrid about Diego Godin but it quickly became evident that the move was a no-go, while an official offer was not made for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld. As always, there are huge expectations for Jose Mourinho's men to break their title drought and gain some sort of supremacy over their arch-rivals Manchester City. Barcelona are desperately trying to lure him to Camp Nou this summer and are willing to roll out £45m, plus Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina, to acquire his services. If you're a Liverpool fan, then I now tweet you the GIF of Leonardo Di Caprio as The Great Gatsby toasting a glass of champagne with fireworks going off in the background.

As well as Pogba, the United hierarchy are also understood to be keen to keep unsettled forward Anthony Martial, despite well-documented tension between him and Mourinho. The central midfielder has made six appearances for Belgium, including in the group-stage win over England at the FIFA World Cup.

United, meanwhile, have no intention of selling Paul Pogba (above).

José Mourinho has been left frustrated by the lack of a centre-back arriving this summer, and understandably so given their options and the money available to sign one.

It's understood that the Argentina worldwide is reluctant to leave as he continues to work on his fitness, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly the other centre-back options at United.

The United manager predicted a "difficult" campaign if there were no new arrivals before the end of the transfer window and the deadline came and went on Thursday with no movement into Old Trafford.

Axel Tuanzebe has rejoined Aston Villa on a season-long loan, following Joel Pereira, Matty Willock, Dean Henderson and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in making temporary exits from United.