Chelsea ‘agree to sign’ Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich
The Blues began the 2020/21 campaign with five senior central defenders on their books. Under Frank Lampard, Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma formed the partnership of choice.
And now that Thomas Tuchel has come in, Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta – who has been operating as a right-sided center-back in a back-three – appear to be the German’s go-to options.
But this still leaves Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori, who is currently out on loan at AC Milan, to potentially choose from next season.
Bayern Munich are yet to offer Boateng a new deal, and it’s looking increasingly likely that his future will be elsewhere come the summer.
The Blues had a leaky defence last season, but have been a lot more solid at the back, and Boateng’s arrival will only make them stronger.
Despite being 32, Boateng has been a key player for Bayern Munich this season, and has kept the younger defenders out of the team. Several German fans have called for his return to the national team.
The veteran German central defender is said to have been on Chelsea’s radar for a long time, even when Frank Lampard was in charge at Stamford Bridge. Despite his recent dismissal, it is believed Tuchel has a similar interest and a deal for Boateng has been in the works the whole time.
Bild (via Sportskeeda) initially reported that Chelsea were keeping tabs on Boateng, with former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel expressing an interest in his fellow countryman. Now, Spanish outlet Todofijaches go one step further and claim that an agreement has been reached between the club and Boateng’s agent.
‘If nothing goes wrong’, it’s alleged that Boateng should be Tuchel’s first signing in charge of Chelsea, adding further experience to a backline that already contains the likes of Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Silva.
The World Cup winner, in principle, would be a shrewd addition to any side on a free transfer, given his previous career exploits. But there is no escaping the fact that Boateng has struggled with injuries as he’s got older, and his weekly wage packet would not come cheap.
Boateng played an integral role in Bayern’s treble last season, so it is a surprise that the Bavarians are willing to let him go.
He also has experience of playing in England as he had a brief spell with Manchester City before a move to Bayern Munich in 2011. The German has made 346 appearances for Bayern Munich since joining them a decade ago.
From his performances so far this season, it’s safe to say that Boateng still has a couple of years of top-flight football left in him. A second spell in the Premier League with Chelsea and his compatriot Thomas Tuchel could be a shrewd move.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea will extend Thiago Silva’s contract beyond the summer of 2021. If the Brazilian does leave, Boateng will be a more than able replacement.