The center-back is set to leave at the end of the season.
Jerome Boateng will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the 2020-21 season, the club has confirmed. “Jerome’s contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended,” FCB’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic clarified recently.
The defender will become a free agent once his current contract expires with the Bundesliga outfit. The 32-year-old spent 10-years at Bayern Munich, winning 24 trophies during the period.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner still has a lot to deliver at the highest level and will be available on a free transfer in the summer window. Several elite clubs in Europe can benefit by securing his signature and here are the five teams that might sign him.
Chelsea have been linked with Jerome Boateng in the past but a move could not be materialised. The Blues signed Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain, but it seemed like a short fix rather than a long-term plan. Thomas Tuchle has taken over the reigns at the London-based club from Frank Lampard, forming a German core at the heart of the club.
Boateng would be the perfect signing for Chelsea. Cost-effective and will pair up well with fellow countryman Antonio Rudiger in the heart of Chelsea’s defence. Thiago Silva has struggled with injuries and has not settled in the Premier League while Boateng has prior experience in the league with Manchester City.
Arsenal have also attempted to bring Jerome Boateng in the past to their squad but to no avail. This could be the perfect opportunity for the Gunners to pounce on the defender given his contract expiration and availability on a free transfer.
Mikel Arteta’s men have struggled in defence and their move for David Luiz has not been beneficial. They could use a figure like Boateng in the heart of their defence alongside Gabriel Magalhaes. The German’s leadership and maturity could help Arteta revitalise a dwindling side fast going out of relevance.
3. Real Madrid
Real Madrid could soon be on the lookout for a new center-back due to the uncertain future of their captain, Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard has not committed to a new contract and his current deal is set to expire at the end of the current season.
In a scenario where Sergio Ramos leaves the club, Real Madrid should look to bring in Jerome Boateng, who could reinforce them with huge experience. It will also make sense for them, who are going through a tough situation financially and needs to focus on bringing in players in several positions.
2. AC Milan
Several media outlets have reported that AC Milan will be on the lookout of several free agents in the upcoming transfer window. The Serie A club is exploring the possibility of cost effective deals in order to continue their recent resurgence in the domestic sphere. Since Boateng’s departure has been confirmed, the club have quickly made him their priority target.
Jerome Boateng, as mentioned, will be a free agent once his contract runs out with Bayern Munich. He will be available on a free transfer. AC Milan will pull out all stops to secure Boateng’s signature and bring him to the Serie A.
1. RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig are set to lose their star defender, Dayot Upamecano to Bayern Munich after a deal for the youngster was agreed earlier in 2021. The transfer was agreed for a fee in the region of €42.50m.
This move will be a huge setback for RB Leipzig, as toppling FCB’s dominance will become even tougher as a result. However, they should look to bring in Jerome Boateng who could be a direct replacement for Upamecano. Moreover, the buckets of experience of playing in the Bundesliga would help them as well.