By Danny Wright
Tottenham are keeping tabs on Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng, according to a report.
Transfer Market Web claims that Spurs’ Premier League rivals Arsenal are also watching the 28-year-old, whose Allianz Arena contract doesn’t expire until 2021.
It is said that the 67-times Germany international has asked for a meeting with the Bayern board in order to hold showdown talks about his position at the Bundesliga club.
Boateng moved to the Bavarian club in 2011 after a short spell at Manchester City in which he made just 24 appearances.
He has since become one of Europe’s most feared centre-backs and has played 226 times for Bayern in all competitions, winning five league titles and the 2012-13 Champions League.
The defender was also a part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad in Brazil.
However things haven’t been smooth sailing for Boateng as of late.
He has made just 20 appearances in all competitions for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season duo to a number of different injury problems.
The former Hamburg and Hertha Berlin player has started the last two league matches but a shoulder injury in the middle of the campaign saw him sidelined for 14 matches of both domestic and European football.
Football Insider Verdict
If Tottenham want to prise Boeteng away from Bayern Munich they will have to pay a lot of money and perhaps one of the strongest areas in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is in the centre of defence. If anything, the Argentine should be looking for younger understudies to both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, rather than an experienced player that is likely to demand a place in the first-team. Arsenal’s interest seems a lot more justified though as the centre-back slot is a place that has trouble Arsene Wenger for some time now and Boateng would be the perfect cure to that problem.
In other Tottenham news, this midfielder on Spurs’ radar will undergo a medical in a £21.2million move.