Bayern Munich has just made it clear that they do not plan on renewing Jerome Boateng’s contract, meaning it is now 100% certain that he will leave the club after the conclusion of this season. Even with the uncertainty of David Alaba’s future at the club, Bayern’s front office appears to have made the decision that Boateng will leave this summer, and there’s already an idea of where he will wind up.
Per a new report from Bild, the “perfect” club for Boateng to transfer to would be Hertha Berlin. They speculate that there is a possibility Berlin’s general manager, Michael Preetz has already tried to make contact with Boateng after it was revealed Bayern was not going to renew his contract, but it’s merely speculation and nothing more. Still, the report explains why Hertha would be a really good fit for Boateng, especially since he’s a Berlin native. After all, Boateng started his youth career at Hertha’s academy before eventually signing for Hamburg SV in 2007. Before moving to Hamburg, he did make seven Bundesliga appearances for Hertha.
It would also work in Berlin’s favor that they could get a player like Boateng on a free transfer this summer. There has also been a recent, significant influx of cash at Hertha through investor Lars Windhorst, who has pumped over 200-million Euros to the club through Tennor Holding Company. Last season, he had paid over 200-million Euros for a 49.9% stake in the club and views Hertha as a “big city club.”
After an impressive Bundesliga restart in the spring under Bruno Labbadia, it just hasn’t quite come to fruition for Hertha so far this season. They sit in the 12th spot in the Bundesliga table with a record of 2 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses; simply not good enough for the amount of money that’s been invested in the club. They have a lot of young, very talented players in the squad and only Mainz, FC Köln, RB Leipzig, and VfB Stuttgart have younger average squad ages; Berlin’s is 25.3. It’s clear that there’s an emphasis on recruiting crops of young talents, but they could greatly benefit from adding an experience veteran like Boateng to their backline. If he were to join Hertha, he would be the squads third oldest player behind keeper Rune Jarstein (36) and defender Peter Pekarik (34). Boateng could provide the exact type of stability Berlin needs in their defense.