Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain are nearing a deal for their prime defensive target, Bayern Munich center-back Jerome Boateng.
Things have really picked up for Bayern Munich in the transfer department in the past week. Last Wednesday, the Bavarians made their first purchase of the summer, securing Canadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps.
Yesterday, reports from Italy emerged, suggesting Inter Milan had made an acceptable offer to Bayern for the services of Arturo Vidal. Jerome Boateng, who has long been on the hot list of Paris Saint-Germain as a favorite of Thomas Tuchel, could become the second star to leave the German champions this summer.
According to reports from France (both Paris United and Culture PSG), PSG have nearly settled a deal with Bayern for the center-back’s services. The clubs are in “advanced talks” that could be completed as soon as tomorrow.
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The French champions have already come to an agreement with Boateng over his contract and salary, after his agent met with PSG’s sporting director to negotiate. All that’s left now is for the two clubs to come to an agreement on a price.
Culture PSG speculates that the defenders transfer could cost Paris around €50 million, but the club’s sporting director is actively trying to lower that pricetag.
Selling Boateng would likely be a divisive move among the Bavarian faithful. The Germany international has proven himself one of the best defenders in the world since joining Bayern Munich.
However, injuries and a lack of consistent playing time have caused his form to take a dip recently. Boateng has spent a significant chunk of time on the sidelines in each of the past two seasons. When he has been fit, Boateng has shown only glimpses of the supreme talent that put him among the elite defenders of the world.
If Bayern do allow Boateng to leave for PSG, they may opt to move for Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard this summer. The Frenchman is rumored to have an agreement with the Bavarians that would see him join the club next summer. However, Boateng’s departure would leave Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule as the only two experienced central defenders, though defensive midfielder Javi Martinez is more than capable of filling in if needed, as is David Alaba.