Chelsea are plotting a summer move to secure the services of Jerome Boateng, whose contract at Bayern Munich expires at the end of the season.
According to SportBild, as relayed by the Metro, Thomas Tuchel has shown an interest in adding more experience to his defensive unit. As such, the newly-appointed Chelsea manager is planning a swoop for Jerome Boateng in the summer, taking advantage of his current contract situation at FC Bayern.
Boateng’s current contract at the Allianz Arena expires at the end of the season, meaning he will be available on a free transfer. Bayern Munich are determined to keep hold him for another campaign, but no contract extension has been agreed, so a move away from Bavaria could still be on the cards.
Boateng is the third high-profile Bayern Munich defender who could leave Allianz Arena for free in the summer, along with Javi Martinez and David Alaba. The latter has emerged as the hot prospect of the transfer market for obvious reasons, with Real Madrid, for one, reportedly keen on his services.
Even Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Austrian international, although it remains unlikely they will be able to compete with Real Madrid or Barcelona. Boateng, in that regard, appears as a more realistic choice for Tuchel as he aims to redesign the Chelsea backline that started with the loan departure of Fikayo Tomori.
The German tactician has placed his trust on experienced players so far, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva emerging as key members of his new-look defensive unit. Unfortunately, Silva’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season and the defender is set to struggle with an injury during the second half of the campaign.
Although the Blues are determined to keep hold of the Brazilian for another campaign, Boateng could be another smart acquisition. The Bayern Munich defender has a vast amount of experience at the highest level of football and is still going strong, notably remaining the first-choice centre-back under Hansi Flick this season.
However, it might be difficult for Boateng to deny the opportunity to play for Bayern for another season should the Bavarians table a contract extension offer during the remainder of the campaign. It makes up for an exciting transfer saga as these two teams vie for the services of the 32-year-old next season.