Jerome Boateng was put on the transfer market by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when the Bayern Munich CEO made it clear yesterday that Boateng would be afforded the opportunity to leave Munich if the club received a good offer.
Boateng was subsequently asked about that announcement during a World Cup press conference this morning. To his credit, Boateng deferred all comments on his club status until after the tournament is over, but the world-class center back will definitely have some eyes focused on his performance over the coming weeks.
Jerome Boateng about the Statement of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that he can leave @FCBayern „that is not an issue right now. It's about the World Cup now. I do not know why these statements were made...“ @SPORTBILD— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) June 14, 2018
Kicker provided a little more depth on Boateng’s statement and the star defender now appears to be done speaking about the topic:
We’re now with the national team and it’s time for the World Cup. That’s the topic for me. I don’t know why these statements were made, but they are not my business, and now I have said something about it.
If Bayern Munich is truly open to listening to offers for Boateng, some high-profile clubs are allegedly looking to get in the bidding per Calciomercato.
Jerome Boateng could leave Bayern, if Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is to be believed. The German international is one of Juventus - and Real Madrid’s - main transfer targets, as well as Manchester United. Speaking to Sport Bild, the former midfielder said that Boateng “can leave, yes. I haven’t been living in a cave, I have heard the latest comments. His agent says that he wants to leave Bayern.
Rummenigge, CEO of @FCBayern confirmed: @JB17Official can leave the club if there is a good offer @SPORTBILD @BILD_Bayern— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) June 13, 2018
Boateng is one of the players who has hinted at an exit this offseason and now it appears that will become a reality. Aside of Real Madrid, Juventus, and Manchester United, Boateng will surely be on the radar of other top-tier clubs globally as he would instantly improve the defense of most any team.
The Manchester Evening News has already stated that Manchester United will be one of the primary competitors for Boateng‘s services.
MEN Sport revealed United are monitoring Boateng’s situation and the 29-year-old is one of eight centre-backs on their radar as they prioritise a move for a quality defender this summer. Boateng still has two years left on his current deal with Bayern, but Rummenigge has refused to rule out a summer sale. ”If a club comes to us and he says that he wants to join that club, then we will negotiate. But the offer has to be important,” he told Bild .
ESPN’s Mark Lovell, however, cited a report by Kicker that states Boateng would prefer a move to Spain over England.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng would prefer a move to Spain rather than Manchester according to kicker -— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) June 14, 2018
*Wouldn't we all? #mcfc #mufc
Whatever the case, Boateng’s summer will surely hold high drama, even after the World Cup in Russia is over.