Tottenham have been linked with a summer move for a player set to leave Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich after ten seasons.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic made the shock announcement earlier this week that Jerome Boateng’s contract would not be renewed. Boateng, 32, joined the Bavarians after one injury-ravaged season with Manchester City. And the centre-back has gone on to make 355 appearances in all competitions for the German club.
Having come up through the Hertha youth set-up, he made 10 league appearances for the club before joining Hamburg. The Berlin-born stopper spent three years at Volksparkstadion, playing 113 times before City came calling.
The Germany international made only 16 Premier League appearances for the Citizens. He struggled with injury and made it clear he wanted to leave City after being asked to play at right-back.
Bayern paid €13.5 million for his services and the defender penned a four-year deal. That has been renewed several times but this season will be his last with the Bundesliga champions.
The report adds that Jose Mourinho ‘would like to strengthen the defence’ and sees the veteran as an option.
Race on for Boateng signature
Whether Spurs follow up their interest only time will tell but they face tough competition for the player. Falk adds that Boateng is also talking to Barcelona, while other clubs are sure to show their hand.
But the journalist went on to say: “Of course, his lifestyle would fit in wonderfully with London and I think that would be what he would really imagine at the end of his career”.
Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that the rangy centre-half would not be retained by Bayern. He has played an important part in the Allianz Arena outfit’s success in 2020-2021.
They are on course for yet another German top-flight title. With seven games to go, Hans-Dieter Flick’s side are seven points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig.
Boateng already has eight Bundesliga titles under his belt while winning the DFB-Pokal on five occasions. And two Champions League wins and a couple of FIFA Club World Cups underline his success at the club.
Although no spring chicken, he has no intention of retiring and could be seen in the Premier League next season.
But will it be in west or north London?