Tottenham Hotspur have held ‘concrete discussions’ with Jerome Boateng ahead of the summer transfer window, according to Sky Germany…
They claim that the north London outfit are interested in signing the 32-year-old centre-back, with his contract set to expire at Bayern Munich at the end of the current campaign.
The 2014 World Cup winner has also been linked to Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund as well as Barcelona, but both of these destinations are played down in the report, meaning that Spurs are surely the frontrunners to secure him.
Boateng is currently valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, although he will not cost Daniel Levy a penny in terms of transfer fees, but his reported £210,000-a-week wages could prove to be a stumbling block.
Despite having the joint fifth-best defensive record in the Premier League, it has been a sorry season at the back for Spurs, with individual errors a worrying and defining trend. Jose Mourinho has chopped and changed his backline constantly – against Manchester United on Sunday, the Portuguese selected his 16th different defensive combination.
Therefore, it’s no surprise to learn that Spurs have made the arrival of a central defensive leader their top priority when the transfer market reopens in the summer. That’s according to football.london correspondent Alasdair Gold, who also claims ‘there has been a clear lack of cohesion at times in the backline and leadership.’
This is where Boateng could provide an intriguing solution, especially as someone with his experience is available for free. The 32-year-old colossus has played 356 matches for Bayern, winning eight Bundesliga titles, two Champions Leagues and many a domestic cup.
No one in the current Spurs defence can match his illustrious career, which is why Levy should act quick to snap him up and at his age, he should still have a lot to give.
In addition to that, current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola once lauded him “like a quarterback” for the way he would dictate games from central defence before adding that he had “developed into a world-class player,” as per Bundesliga.com.
The quarterback is the leader of the team and almost like a manager on the pitch in American football, so you’d have to imagine this would fit the requirements for the current Spurs vacancy.
Boateng was nearly a Tottenham player back in 2007 as he was offered the chance to join the north London outfit alongside his brother Kevin-Prince, but he turned them down for a move to Hamburg.
The 1.9m-tall (6 foot 3) ace still sits amongst Bayern’s most consistent performers, even despite the lack of a contract extension.
No other player at the Allianz Arena manages more clearances (2.1) per game, showing he’s still quick to snuff out the danger whilst a passing accuracy of 87.7% from an average of 69.4 passes per league outing merely emphasises his quarterback-like ability, per WhoScored.
If Levy wants to give Mourinho a fair crack at resolving his defensive nightmare, then a swoop for Boateng makes the world of sense. It’s time to right this glaring issue.