[UPDATE 7:20AM EST]
According to Sport Bild chief Christian Falk, both Jerome Boateng and Christian Eriksen were ready to make a swap deal between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan happen:
According to SPORT BILD information, Inter’s sports director Piero Ausilio explored a corresponding deal. Eriksen (market value: 60 million euros) and Boateng have a similar salary. Both collect around 12 million euros in annual wages from their clubs. An exchange would not have meant any additional salary costs for either side. In addition, no fee would have been due - as is usual. There was also a purchase option for Eriksen.
According to SPORT BILD information, both Eriksen, who only came from Tottenham in January for 27 million euros, and Boateng were interested in this loan transfer.
As always, Falk hit Twitter to also give his official stamp of approval:
In a report by Sky Sport Germany, Inter Milan allegedly offered Christian Eriksen to Bayern Munich in a potential swap deal for center-back Jerome Boateng prior to the transfer window closing. The Bavarians, however, were not interested and reportedly turned down the offer:
The Nerazzurri also approached FC Bayern, who had been looking for a back-up for Thomas Müller. The Italian vice-champion’s offer: a swap with Jerome Boateng. However, FC Bayern was not interested in relinquishing the central defender who was back in top form.
Ultimately, no new club could be found for Eriksen on the terms of (Antonio) Conte’s Club. The Dane is still under contract with Inter until 2024 and will probably leave the club in winter at the earliest.
While it may seem a bit far-fetched, Eriksen has been linked with Bayern Munich several times in the past and Boateng spent the last 12 months essentially wondering if his time in Bavaria was over.
Boateng’s performance in those 12 months, however, might have convinced the Bayern Munich brass that the 32-year-old could be a valuable piece to have in defending the Champions League crown. Even though Eriksen could have been of some value to Bayern Munich, the cost of losing Boateng was clearly too much.