Jerôme boateng delighted fans in rottach-egern with his autographs, then strolled to the team bus. It was the fubball national player’s farewell to lunch, but after continuing speculation about a change, even the one from the club close.
"To my knowledge there is nothing new. I would also wish that there would be nothing new," said coach niko kovac on sunday evening about one of his three "fantastic" central defenders. "All three are world-class."
Manunited or paris saint-germain remain the top candidates in the poker for the 29-year-old, also the FC arsenal is said to be interested. The englanderen must print on the tempo, because the transfer window of the premier league closes already on this thursday.
"You know very well that we do not talk about it," answered sport director hasan salihamidzic to the question about the status in the personalie. A more or less intensive exchange in the context of a test match like the 1:0 on sunday evening in munich would not be a surprise. An official offer has not yet been confirmed.
Boateng, who moved to bayern from manchester city in 2011, has a long-term contract in munich until 2021. A sum of 50 million euros plus X for the central defender and world champion of 2014 is estimated to be a debatable transfer price. The example of arturo vidal on friday underscored how quickly a transfer to a top club can be completed. The chilean is now in the squad at FC barcelona. But the transfer of boateng will only come about if all the basic conditions are fulfilled. Otherwise boateng remains – to the delight of kovac.
In view of the three interested european coarse clubs could even ignite a betting bid for boateng and bring the bayern a fat ablose. It is said that the player favors the option PSG. There, new coach thomas tuchel called for defensive reinforcement. A change to the internationally more important premier league may, however, the marketing opportunities for the internationally ambitious boateng in this area vergrobern.
"We will miss him, of course," said bayern captain manuel neuer. "I found it naturally very sad, but I do not assume now times from it."Boateng himself was first of all happy on sunday that he is back in the game after the frustration world cup. "Back in action. Good test," he said via twitter. "I hope he stays with us," franck ribery said on monday. "Jerôme boateng is one of the best central defenders in the world."
When boateng is fit, he pays to the elite. But since his serious muscle injury in early 2016, the 73-time national player has been repeatedly stopped by his muscular body. A change at the center back position must be initiated at some point anyway, because mats hummels and javi martinez are also already 29 years old. Niklas sule (22) has the future at munich. World champion benjamin pavard (22) from vfb stuttgart is expected to join FC bayern at some point. CEO karl-heinz rummenigge recently ruled out a transfer this summer – even in the event of boateng’s departure.
"We have hummels, we have sule, we have martinez who can play in central defense, also alaba and two more young players, lukas mai and chris richards. That’s a lot of quality," rummenigge emphasized. But they don’t have boateng’s quality (yet) – and trainer kovac was sure to bury equal replacements.