Boateng’s Bayern stint
Jerome Boateng has been on Bayern Munich’s books since 2011.
The German made the switch to Bayern from Manchester City for a fee believed to be around £12m.
Since joining the German powerhouse Boateng has gone on to enjoy a sparkling career.
At his peak, a case could be made that he was one of the top central defenders in Europe.
Boateng has also won a plethora of trophies with the Bavarians, including seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League.
But with Boateng now 31 years of age, a case could be made that his best years are behind him.
The imposing central defender has seen his game time slightly limited so far this term.
Boateng has made just nine Bundesliga appearances this season and has not completed 90 minutes in the league since early November.
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Arsenal in market for centre-back?
Boateng, who is contracted to Bayern until 2021, is now being linked with a return to the Premier League.
According to the Evening Standard:
Arsenal are exploring the possibility of signing centre-back Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich amid concerns they may be priced out of a move for RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.
The Gunners recently suffered a huge defensive blow when they confirmed that Calum Chambers could be out for between 6-9 months.
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And even without Chambers’ injury, Arsenal’s defensive options were not exactly top draw so the addition of a central defender was probably needed anyway if Arsenal wish to return to their former glory.
Moving back to Upamecano, the report from the Standard claims Arsenal were quoted a fee of £70m for the young defender in the summer and it doesn’t sound as though Leipzig are willing to drop that asking price in the January window.