German international Jerome Boateng can leave Bayern Munich this summer, if the offer is ‘important’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is seeking a central defender this summer. The Old Trafford club has long been linked to Toby Alderweireld with reports that Tottenham Hotspur seek £75 million for the Belgian international, whilst United value the player at around £50 million. On Tuesday, it was revealed that United has seven other options if they did not progress with Alderweireld this summer, which seems likely right now, although The Sun has suggested Mourinho wants to sign a defender before the World Cup starts, in 24 hours time, which seems unlikely.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, 29 was one of the options as a backup to Alderweireld. The German international, busy with his countries FIFA World Cup preparations ahead of their first match, is around six months older than Alderweireld and will turn 30 in September, whereas the Belgian will turn 30 in March 2019. Towards the end of the season, with Bayern winning the Bundesliga, Boateng confirmed that he could be considering his future. Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken about that, saying:

“If a club comes to us and he says that he wants to join that club, then we will negotiate. But the offer has to be important.”

During seven years at the Bundesliga champions, Boateng has achieved everything, as said back in April. Since signing from Manchester City, after being unhappy about being pushed into the right-back position, leaving for Bayern, Boateng has completed seven seasons at the club, winning 14 major honours; six consecutive Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pocal three times, two DFB-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League trophy, one UEFA Super Cup, and one FIFA Club World Cup. Having also won the FA Cup in England, Boateng’s success includes a FIFA World Cup also.

In terms of success and leadership, Boateng is a player that could still offer a lot to a top football club. He does, however, still have two years remaining on his current contract at Bayern, but Rummenigge has not ruled out the possibility of selling the 29-year-old this summer. Obviously, United could negotiate with Bayern right now, agree on a price, which is the right way to do things, but in terms of speaking to the player, whilst he is at the World Cup, that would be impossible. However, he could have dealt with this previously with his agent, should this actually happen.

The German is represented by Roc Nation sports agency, one of two footballers with the agency, the other being Romelu Lukaku. Boateng has previously spoken about his future. In an interview with Socrates magazine, he talked about goals he had not reached and whether he wanted to keep proving himself at the same club, which related to the fact Bayern Munich have won the Bundesliga six times in a row, also achieving everything else during his time at the club. A change seems to be on the cards this summer, agreement permitting, obviously.

“I’ve experienced everything at FC Bayern, and I am slowly coming to a point where I must answer myself certain questions. What are the goals I have not reached yet? Do I, time and time again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?”

Whether United make the move or not remains to be seen. With the fact that the Old Trafford club are seemingly not getting anywhere in their pursuit of Toby Alderweireld and the fact mixed news has been reported which has suggested that the Belgian is not even the clubs number one target this summer, it would be silly to allow the media to keep reporting the stalemate in the pursuit of the player, which is causing discontent amongst the fans, as transfers can be conducted quickly on FIFA 18. Moving on and signing a player of the same or similar qualities would be better.

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