Chelsea, Arsenal set to battle for German World Cup winner on the out

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Arsenal and Chelsea’s desire to shore up their leaky defences could see them embroiled in a bidding war for a World Cup-winning German centre-back.

Both London clubs had seen their seasons hampered through underwhelming defending prior to football’s hiatus.

Arsenal’s mark of 36 league goals conceded was good enough for just eighth best, while Chelsea’s 39 conceded was ninth.

With the race for Champions League qualification getting more competitive each passing year, both sides have been on the lookout for defensive reinforcements moving into next season.

Now, a report from British newspaper the Daily Mail has stated that Bayern Munich superstar Jerome Boateng could be the man to aid their ailing backlines.

Boateng, 31, has just one year remaining on his current deal in Bavaria, but no signs of an extension being thrashed out have materialised.

The article reveals that Boateng’s relationship with the club has become strained in recent times, with his monetary punishment for flouting the club’s coronavirus guidelines regarding essential travel the latest incident to cause disruption.

The paper (who cite FootMercato) note that both the Blues and Gunners are on the lookout for an ‘experienced centre-back this summer,’ with Arsenal reportedly failing in their attempt to lure Boateng to the Emirates in January.

With David Luiz unable to solve their defensive problems, Boateng would undoubtedly represent an upgrade in North London, should they choose to reignite their interest.

 

Chelsea, meanwhile, have a core of young defenders who could benefit from the input of an experienced pair of hands.

Fikayo Tomori (22) and Reece James (20) have both shone when afforded opportunities this campaign, but Lampard has made no secret of his frustrations at his side’s frequent defensive lapses costing them victories.

Boateng’s age could represent a stumbling block in the negotiations, however, with the club typically erring on the side of caution in regards to contract length for ageing stars.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been delat a blow after a superstar forward admitted he is ‘unlikely’ to be at Stamford Bridge next year after the club refused to accept his ‘impossible’ demand.