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Bayern Munich lowers asking price for Jerome Boateng

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As the transfer window closes, Bayern Munich still holds hope of selling their former chief defender, but is PSG even interested anymore?

DROCHTERSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Jerome Boateng of Muenchen in action during the DFB Cup first round match between SV Drochtersen-Assel and Bayern Muenchen on August 18, 2018 in Drochtersen, Germany.
Boateng in mint.
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Apparently, PSG’s signing of Schalke’s Thilo Kehrer for a whopping €37 million was not the end of the transfer saga linking them to Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng — at least, not yet. According to Kicker’s transfer ticker, Bayern and PSG are still negotiating, and Bayern have lowered their price.

After rejecting Machester United’s bid to exchange Anthony Martial for Boateng, insisting on a price of €50 million for the center-back, Bayern are now reportedly prepared to accept a price “between €30 to 40 million.” In other words, Bayern are supposedly willing to sell Boateng to the French giant for approximately what PSG just paid Schalke for Kehrer.

If the report is true, then Boateng’s status in the eyes of the board has indeed fallen dramatically, and they may be inclined to ship him off sooner rather than wait as his transfer value depreciates further, as indeed seems likely if the club acts on their purported plan of promoting Niklas Süle as their primary starter ahead of Boateng and even Mats Hummels.

In the meantime, the launch of Boateng’s new Boa magazine is unlikely to have endeared him to CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has grown annoyed by the player’s “distractions” over the past several seasons.