Bayern Munich center-back Jerome Boateng has done a fantastic job of rejuvenating his career under Hansi Flick. With his contract set to expire in 2021, however, Boateng has to start planning his future.
Has the 32-year-old earned himself an extended stay in Bavaria? Most would probably say “yes.” Boateng’s performance has caught the attention of multiple clubs, though, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal among the teams reportedly eager to engage in the bidding for Boateng.
Per Sport Bild chief reporter Christian Falk, the two aforementioned English clubs are interested in bringing in Boateng to help solidify their respective back-lines. Falk re-tweeted a post from @TheSpursExpress detailing the Premier League clubs’ alleged interest:
Tottenham and Arsenal are amongst a host of Premier League teams who are interested in Jermone Boateng. Jose Mourinho is ‘watching the development’ of a potential move, with his contract expiring next summer.— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) November 7, 2020
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Clearly, Bayern Munich has a great amount of depth along its back-line these days. With David Alaba also a risk to leave, however, the Bayern Munich board will have to assess how to best apply its available funds to the roster.
While both Boateng and Alaba have earned the right to stay with the Bavarians, the club’s COVID-19 reduced budget could preclude it from retaining one — or both — veterans. The salary requirements for both men could play more of a role in determining if either player eventually exits Germany this summer (or earlier), than their actual performance on the pitch.