Manchester United’s pursuit of Jerome Boateng came to an end with less than 24 hours remaining before the English transfer deadline day closed. It’s a deal that many had expected to go through with the Premier League outfit so desperately needing a central defender but it’s a move that failed to materialise. But with the French and German windows still open, it would be wise for Bayern Munich to cash in on the 29-year-old before it’s too late.
Wednesday night saw Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk confirm that Boateng’s agent, Christian Nerlinger, would travel to Paris on Thursday to initiate further talks with Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique.
The Ligue 1 champions seems to be Boateng’s preferred destination, hence why the Germany international personally phoned Jose Mourinho to say thank you for the interest, but that he wouldn’t be moving to Manchester due to sporting reasons.
For Boateng’s move to PSG to go through, the French outfit first need to sort out their Financial Fair Play issues before any type of deal can be agreed. It’s comes as no surprise that they ideally need to offload players, with Goncalo Guedes just one name being linked with an exit, before they can bring someone of Boateng’s calibre in and so this saga could effectively go on until August 31.
Bayern Munich value Boateng at €50 million which is why they rejected Manchester United’s offer of €25m. It certainly feels like a substantial fee for a player who’s not played his best football for the best part of two years and so Bayern Munich may be wise to lower their asking price.
If the Bundesliga champions are to receive an offer for Boateng around €30m, then they should take the money and run. And that seems to be the sentiment around some Bayern fans on social media.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich CEO, holds so much power when it comes to transfers involving the club and it comes as no surprise that he’s becoming fed up with Boateng’s relationship with rapper, Jay-Z. Bayern bosses are frustrated that off the pitch, Boateng seems too distracted.
The world champion signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, a sports agency branch of the rapper’s Roc Nation business, which sees Boateng travel to the United States on numerous occasions. The relationship between Rummenigge and Boateng is rife with the former suggesting in 2016 that Kicker’s Player of the Year that season needs to come “back to earth” and focus on his football after a drop in form.
“Jerome has to calm down and take things easier (off the pitch). Since the summer, it’s all been a bit too much for me. It would make sense for the whole club if he comes back to earth a bit,” Rummenigge told Bild in 2016.
Prior to the World Cup, Bayern Munich seemed open to selling Boateng should they receive a respectable offer, which again added unnecessary fuel to the fire. The current relationship between Rummenigge and Boateng isn’t a healthy one and with Bayern Munich looking to defend their Bundesliga campaign for a seventh consecutive time, perhaps it would be wise to move Boateng on.
Even more so given Bayern Munich themselves are undergoing a period of change. Carlo Ancelotti’s departure midway through last season resulted in the re-appointment of Jupp Heynckes for this third stint with the club but now under the guidance of Niko Kovac, it’s time for Stern des Südens to reinvent themselves.
For much of last season Bayern Munich played 4-2-3-1 or a variation of 4-3-3 but during his time at Eintracht Frankfurt, Kovac created a pressing side that proved hard to bypass in a 3-5-2 formation. Similar to Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann, the Croat is slowly reinventing German football and now he’s been given the platform on an international level to do so.
Sure, there’s no doubting that Boateng still has a career at the highest of levels but his time at Bayern Munich should be over. Kovac has Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule, who despite being just 22, has already established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s best central defenders – already being tipped to be a future captain of the national team. Not only that, Javi Martinez can provide cover in central defence, a position he played under Pep Guardiola while 18-year-old Lars Lukas Mai has showed signs of promise.
And so, given that Nerlinger is in Paris to negotiate a transfer to PSG, Bayern Munich should at least consider selling Boateng given the cover they have in central defence. At the minute, it appears he’s more trouble than he’s worth while a €30 million offer from Thomas Tuchel’s side may well entice Bayern Munich to sell Boateng.
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