Manchester United and Arsenal to fight for Boateng, PSG also interested

first_imgManchester United and Arsenal are set to battle it out for Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng as the transfer deadline of August 9 in England approaches.The two clubs are however, going to face stiff competition from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are also reportedly keen towards bringing Boateng to the Parc des Princes as well.Boateng, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany, has fallen out of favour at Munich, with Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule preferred ahead of the 29-year-old by new Bayern coach Niko Kovac.However, both United and Arsenal are going to face a race against time to get Boateng’s signature ahead of the English transfer deadline on Thursday. Also, the fact that, Thomas Tuchel’s PSG is the centre-back’s first choice, doesn’t work in the English side’s favour.Also read – Jose Mourinho staring at ‘difficult season’ as Manchester United lose againBayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Boateng would be allowed to leave if a club was prepared to match their figure on the player who has a contract that runs until 2021. The defender is reportedly valued at more than 50 million euros ($57.9 million).The Bavarian club has regularly announced that it intends to rejuvenate its aging squad. After signing 23-year-old German international Leon Goretzka from Schalke 04, Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was allowed to depart, with the 30-year-old having joined FC Barcelona in Spain.Also read – The Premier League is going to be in your face: Sol Campbell warns Unai EmeryAccording to several media reports, a decision regarding Boateng’s future is expected shortly, and may happen by the end of this week.advertisementWhile Arsenal have not commented on the matter, both Tuchel and United coach Jose Mourinho say the German international would add quality to their defenses.”My boss knows about my wishes and demands,” Mourinho commented. United are said to have contacted Bayern while playing a friendly in Munich last Saturday.Other reports speak about a meeting between Tuchel and Boateng a few weeks ago.While some have suggested that joining the star-studded PSG side would enhance the image-conscious Boateng’s marketing appeal, others say that playing in the English Premier League would result in more global exposure for the German international.Several newspapers have spoken about signs coming from the player’s entourage that Boateng is very interested in opening a new chapter in his career.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more