Bayern Munich have reportedly slapped a £50 million price tag on Jerome Boateng, who is being targetted by Manchester United for a summer move
According to a report by Manchester Evening News, Bayern Munich have let their asking price be known to Manchester United for Jerome Boateng. The German defender will be available for £50 million in the summer transfer window, with Die Roten prepared to sell him.
Boateng has previous experience in the Premier League, having represented Manchester United’s bitter cross town rivals Manchester City in the 2010-11 season. But, his short stint with the Citizens was rather underwhelming, with the player failing to be a regular at the club.
He subsequently joined Bayern Munich, where he has progressed leaps and bounds to establish himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world. Over the last seven years, Boateng has amassed over 250 appearances with the Bavarians, although he has been beset with injury problems in recent seasons.
Nevertheless, the 29-year-old continues to be regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the game, and is in great demand heading into this summer’s transfer window. That his future at Bayern Munich is uncertain further makes him a hot property in the transfer market, with Manchester United leading the race to sign him.
The Red Devils are reportedly set for a central defensive shuffle this summer, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling heavily linked with summer moves away from Old Trafford. With Victor Lindelof taking time to adjust to his new surroundings at Manchester United, Boateng is a viable target who could act as the perfect mentor to the Swede.
Additionally, having won several honours with Bayern, the player will also bring a winning mentality that is desperately needed at Old Trafford. Manchester United also know that Boateng will be available for the right price, with Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitting to the same earlier this month.
The price has now been revealed, as per the report, with Bayern Munich set to command £50 million in exchange for his services. Boateng is not the only centre-back that Manchester United are considering, with Toby Alderweireld heading an eight-man shortlist.
However, with Tottenham refusing to budge on their valuation of the Belgian defender, Jose Mourinho is considering alternate, more economical options, with Boateng likely to be available for as low as £43 million. The only bone of contention for Manchester United is his recent fitness record.
If they choose to overlook the same and go ahead with the move anyway, Boateng will undoubtedly be a quality addition at Manchester United. One thing is certain though, the German international is more likely to leave Bayern Munich than not this summer.