Recent reports credited Arsenal with Bayern Munich’s out-of-favour defender Jerome Boateng. It’s certainly a rumour that makes sense, given Arsenal’s need for a quality centre-back after serious knee injury ruled Calum Chambers out for the rest of the season.
When asked about it, Bayern interim head coach Hansi Flick said he maintains regular contact with the 31-year-old former Germany international, and that departure hasn’t been discussed between them. But on the other hand, Sky Sports believe the Bavarians would be willing to part with the player for as little as €15 million (£12.8m).
The same outlet now reports, calling upon their branch in Germany as the source, that Arsenal have made contact with Bayern to sound out the possibility of a deal. Apparently, the Gunners wanted to know about the Bundesliga champions’ demands in terms of a transfer fee, the wages Boateng currently earns, as well as if there’s any possibility of a loan with a view of making the switch permanent at the end of the season.
The thing is, Arsenal spent almost £150 million last summer, which makes big-money signings highly unlikely this winter. With that in mind, acquiring a player like Boateng either for £12.8 million or on an initial loan would seem like a shrewd piece of business. Manager Mikel Arteta recently revealed that Chambers’ injury may affect the club’s transfer business this winter, pointing towards a potential addition of a defender. But let’s wait and see.
Another thing that the boss said is that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wouldn’t be leaving in January. He wants the Gabonese forward here.
Aubameyang has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the latest reports from Spain suggesting that the Madrid giants were preparing an offer worth up to £70 million for his services which would include a player going the other way, but it seems that won’t be happening this month.