Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both reportedly interested in luring Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng to the Premier League as disputes over his contract continue – and Pep Guardiola’s 2015 verdict will excite fans.
Boateng, 32, is in the final year of his contract at Bayern Munich, which will see him reach an entire decade with the German champions. In that time, he has clocked up 333 appearances, winning eight Bundesliga titles.
He also achieved a Champions League trophy last season, but Boateng’s spell at Bayern is in danger of ending on a bad note. Bild claim that Bayern have decided against handing the £196k-a-week (Sun) a new deal.
The same report claims Spurs and Arsenal are willing to bring him back to England after a brief stint at Manchester City – before joining Bayern. Guardiola’s past comments on Boateng will excite Arsenal and Spurs supporters.
“Boateng is incredibly important to us,” Guardiola said back in 2015, when manager of Bayern. He continued: “I think he is one of the three best centre backs in the world at the moment.”
TBR’s view – Who needs Boateng more?
Despite the signing of Gabriel, Arsenal still need a central defender. That is because David Luiz, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are in the final year of their current deals at The Emirates, like Boateng at Bayern.
They need to sign a centre-back and perhaps a more commanding leader such as £12million (Global Times) Boateng is more important, given Luiz is due to leave and both Gabriel and William Saliba are still young.
Spurs finally signed a centre-back in the summer in the form of Joe Rodon, while the improving form of Eric Dier – combined with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez – means they are hardly lacking. Arsenal need him most.