Bayern rule out Boateng switch for Martial

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"Finally, such a hard pre-season is over".

"My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time, I know he tries to do the best for me and I still have a few days to wait to see what happens". There is no reason why they shouldn't prove themselves to be one of the best midfields in the Premier League.

And when Martial wasn't on the plane to Germany for United's final pre-season friendly against Bayern, rumours were in overdrive.

Manchester United have taken their first step in acquiring Boateng's signature this summer, according to Sport Bild's Bayern guru Christian Falk, by opening negotiation with the Bundesliga giants ahead of the new season.

United have endured an indifferent summer with a host of players either injured or unavailable due their participation in the latter stages of the World Cup.

"Finally, it's over. Finally, such a hard pre-season is over". We know the importance of this player.

'I like what Jurgen Klopp has done by trying to strengthen the players behind the front three and get more goals from that area, ' the ex-Reds man told Sky Sports.

"There was Axel, centre back on the left, Demetri, left wingback, Garner, midfield on the left and Chong", Mourinho said.

"It was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic".

He desperately needs a new centre-back but United are facing defeat in their efforts to prise Harry Maguire from Leicester and have yet to make a formal offer for Barcelona's Yerry Mina.

And now, Rashford appears to have been made the club's new number 10, replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic who gave up the jersey upon leaving for LA Galaxy in March.

"Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born - handsome baby, full of health, thank God - he should be here and he is not here", Mourinho said. Of course he was in the shadows waiting for the opportunity.