Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng could end up swapping Bavaria for Manchester this summer. Despite previously turning out for City, Manchester United are said to be targeting the 29 year old, with the player himself previously openly suggesting that his time at the German giants may be coming to a close.
“I’ve experienced everything at FC Bayern, and I am slowly coming to a point where I must answer myself certain questions,” he previously Socrates magazine in quotes carried by the Manchester Evening News. “What are the goals I have not reached yet? Do I, time and time again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?”
This speaks more towards Bayern’s utter dominance of German football than anything else, with the club having won the Bundesliga six seasons on the trot. They also secured the Champions League in 2013 having beaten Borussia Dortmund, but have frequently underperformed in Europe’s top competition, and have been knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid several times since then. Should Boateng have grown weary of the lack of challenge at the club, then a move to United would be more than welcome by the club’s fans, especially as a way of winding up their cross-town rivals.
Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did not close the door on a potential exit for Boateng when given the chance, either, stating: “If a club comes to us and he says that he wants to join that club, then we will negotiate. But the offer has to be important,” he told Bild in quotes carried by the MEN.
Boateng’s obvious quality and pedigree would certainly improve United’s defence, and with Mourinho clearly holding reservations about the quality of his other options at centre back, the arrival of the German international would certainly help the Portuguese to fix an area of the pitch that has given him several problems over his time in charge at Old Trafford.