Jerome Boateng could be on his way out of Bayern Munich, with Sport BILD reporting on Thursday that the German and European champions have taken the decision not to renew the defender’s contract. If true, this means the 32-year-old will be available as a free agent at the end of the season.
It’s claimed Arsenal , Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur ’s ears have all pricked up upon hearing this news, with Boateng sure to be a man in demand next summer. But which of these three clubs would be the best fit for the German international who helped Bayern Munich to a Champions League title only two months ago?
The summer signing of Gabriel Magalhaes has steadied Arsenal’s backline this season, with the Brazilian making an instant impact at the Emirates Stadium following his arrival from Lille. The Gunners have no shortage of problems right now, but for once it’s not their defence taking the heat at this moment in time.
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Nonetheless, the addition of Boateng would upgrade Arsenal’s defensive options. The 32-year-old is best in an orthodox back four, so Arteta might be forced to move away from the back three he is currently using. However, that might not be such a big deal if Arteta is using the back three to mask a lack of centre back options.
From a financial perspective, the Gunners have already demonstrated their willingness to dip into the free agency market with the signing of Willian this summer. Boateng would be a shrewd addition that would allow Arsenal to focus their funds on other areas.
For all the money Chelsea spent on new signings over the summer, very little attention was paid to the central defensive positions. Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva arrived on free transfers, with the former loaned out to Porto for the season. Silva has made a positive impact at Stamford Bridge, but…