During this summer transfer window, Jérôme Boateng has been linked with many suitors including Paris-Saint Germain and Juventus. Yesterday, the latter appeared to have won the race for the Bayern Munich defender. However, new and reliable information has now emerged, with respected Bayern journalist Christian “Falk Master Flex” Falk tweeting out an update to the story:
Essentially, Falk has confirmed that Boateng will stay with Bayern Munich and it seems that either the two clubs were unable to reach a financial agreement or that the player himself was not willing to move. As referenced in the tweet above, the latter seems more likely especially considering that Boateng allegedly wanted to stay at Bayern Munich all along and has not displayed any real signs that he seeks a move elsewhere.
Boateng staying with the Bavarians will definitely help the club in the long run. If he left, Bayern Munich would be losing a valuable squad member who could be a superb bench option, a team leader, and someone who can help retain the winning mentality in Munich.
Most importantly, Boateng is still crucial for squad depth. Throughout this transfer window, Bayern Munich has been regarded as a team lacking depth; an issue that became a theme for the coaching staff, players, and front office alike during this transfer window. The sale of Boateng would be counter-intuitive in this regard and also increase the team’s susceptibility of having to play weaker players in important ties (e.g. Javi Martinez at center-back or Alphonso Davies at left-back).
In addition, when Mats Hummels’ World Cup 2014 defensive partner has played recently he’s been solid and shown that he is still up to the physical task of top level football.
Simply put, Boateng is still able to play a big role for Bayern Munich this season and the fact he’s staying in Bavaria can only be seen as a positive — on and off the field.