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Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Manchester United close in on German defender

Manchester United close in on German defender

Martial had left the club's pre-season tour of the United States early to attend the birth of his second child, ensuring he missed matches against Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid - a move which saw Mourinho hit out at the youngster both verbally and through his bank account.

"My CEO has known what I want for quite a long time".

The World Cup has undoubtedly played a role in this inactivity, as it has done with many other top sides, but nonetheless it leaves the club with less than a week left in the window to strengthen a team which finished 19 points off Premier League winners Manchester City.

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. They could not have done better than what they did, fantastic experience for the boys.

First half: Manchester United vs Bayern Munich - the first half ended goalless.

The Red Devils are still looking to bring in a centre-back to pair up with Eric Bailly for the upcoming season. These are the players that we have plus Lindelof, that started training two days ago, plus Marcus Rashford, Jones and Lukaku, because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holidays.

"At the same time it was Lewandowski on Axel, Robben on Mitchell, (Leon) Goretzka on Garner and (Niklas) Sule on Chong".

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri then said he was confident Willian would stay but he remains a player on Mourinho's wish list. "We were playing against their best team, it was their complete squad apart from (Corentin) Tolisso".

"He was in the shadow, waiting for the opportunity and now the shirt is empty".

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