Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly set
to battle it out in the transfer market to secure the services of Bayern
Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
The 31-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the Allianz
Arena in January as he saw his playing time reduced under Hans-Dieter
But the German international chose to stay and fight for his place.
A decision that paid off, with Boating starting all but two of Bayern's games since the turn of the year.
But with just over a year remaining on his current deal with the Bundesliga giants, his long-term future is still in doubt.
And according to Christian Falk of German publication Bild, Chelsea
have now joined Arsenal in being interested in a move for Boateng.
Frank Lampard has chopped and changed his defence throughout the
season, and the Blues boss is expected to be given a big transfer budget
to improve his squad in the summer.
And Mikel Arteta is thought to be keen to improve his defensive
options, despite the possibility of tying January loan signing Pablo
Mari to a permanent deal.
- TEAMtalk media