FC Bayern Munich rejected a swap deal proposal by Inter Milan

Jerome Boateng, FC Bayern Munich and Jhon Cordoba, Hertha Berlin. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
Jerome Boateng, FC Bayern Munich and Jhon Cordoba, Hertha Berlin. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images) /

FC Bayern Munich reportedly rejected a swap deal from Inter in summer.

It was a strange summer transfer window as clubs in Europe suffering due to the impact of COVID on the finances. The English clubs did spend heavily, while other clubs had to be creative with transfers. FC Bayern Munich relied on free transfers and loans to bolster the squad.

Swap deals were also popular during the window, but it still involved complex negotiation between two clubs. According to Sky Sport, Bayern Munich rejected a swap deal proposed by Inter Milan in summer. This deal involved Jerome Boateng moving to Italy with Christian Eriksen moving the other direction.

This report suggests that Die Roten were not interested in letting Boateng leave this summer. The German defender has been a crucial member of Hansi Flick’s team in the past ten months. Meanwhile, Inter Milan wanted an experienced defender due to Diego Godin’s transfer to Cagliari.

Eriksen moved to Inter in January, but he is yet to play consistently under Antonio Conte. The Danish midfielder would have been like for like replacement for Philippe Coutinho, but Flick wanted a wide player. The German Champions eventually signed Douglas Costa from Juventus on a loan deal after their bid to sign Callum-Hudson Odoi from Chelsea was rejected.

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If this report is true, then it further highlights Boateng’s major turnaround under Flick. The German defender had fallen out of favour at the club last summer. Die Roten were open to listening offer for him after signing Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard to bolster the defense. The German defender was close to joining Juventus, but the move couldn’t materialize.

After the departure of Niko Kovac, Boateng was brought back into the team by Flick. The  32-year-old defender repaid Flick’s faith by delivering consistent performances since the winter break, helping the team to win another treble. Boateng has been trusted to perform this season as Flick continues to hand him starts whenever he is fit.

The German center-back is open to signing a contract extension. However, Die Roten are yet to open talks with him as he enters the final ten months in his current contract. Boateng will be a crucial player for the team this season as his experience is vital for retaining the trophies Die Roten won last season.

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Meanwhile, the future of David Alaba looks further away from Bayern Munich. After initial reports in Italy linking Juventus to Alaba, Sport 1’s Florian Plettenberg in Germany also confirmed Juve’s interest in the Austrian defender. He also insisted that Bayern remain confident about reaching an agreement with the player. The next three months are crucial for Alaba’s future in Bavaria since he will be free to talk to interested clubs in January.