According to reports coming from Sky Sports in Germany, Arsenal have enquired about Bayern Munich’s veteran defender Jerome Boateng.
Even though Die Roten are quite thin at the back, this is a deal they should definitely consider.
Sky are reporting that the Gunners are testing the waters and asking about the availability of the player, his wages and the possible fee that would be required to bring him to England.
The price tag that is also being mentioned hovers around €15m (£12.8m) and Mikel Arteta – despite not having substantial resources on his side for January, as per the same source – could be interested in acquiring his services.
But the injury to Calum Chambers, however, may mean that Arsenal will pull the trigger if the opportunity presents itself, as Sky have mentioned.
For Bayern, this should also be an opportunity they shouldn’t miss out on.
There are currently five centre-backs in Bayern’s squad but even with that being said, that’s a rather fragile position for Die Roten.
Both Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule are out injured and, aside from Boateng and the inexperienced Lars Lukas Mai, there’s practically no one to partner Benjamin Pavard at the heart of their defence.
But at 31 years of age and with only nine Bundesliga appearances in 2019/20 so far, the German is slowly but surely heading towards the twilight of his career.
The proof that he is no longer as sharp as he used to be can be seen in the five cards – four yellow and one red = he has collected in just 585 minutes in the domestic league. The numbers behind those performances are also not really otherworldly.
He averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per game, which is decent but still doesn’t seem vital for Bayern’s backline.
Maybe cashing in and investing that money into someone younger and better would be a wise move for the Bavarian giants.
After all, they have been heavily linked with the likes of Unai Nunez of Athletic Bilbao in recent months, which could indicate that they are pondering such a solution.
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For Arsenal, they should also be wary of bringing Boateng in for the very same reasons.
Is a 31-year-old centre-back in steady decline truly the right man for Arteta? They already have defenders of a similar mould in Sokratis and David Luiz, both of whom are not long-term options.
Maybe he could add something for a season or two but what happens after that?
Arsenal would be stuck with an ageing defender whose wages would likely make him a difficult player to shift.
And with other key pieces of their jigsaw – like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil – also on the wrong side of their 30s, maybe Arteta should be targeting younger players instead.
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