Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, a transfer target for Manchester United, has been told he can leave the club – but only for the right price.
The club’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge made the statement about the German international, after Boateng admitted earlier in the year that he was considering his future, having “experienced everything” at the club since he joined 7 years ago.
“If a club comes to us and he says he wants to join that club, then we will negotiate,” Rummenigge told German newspaper Bild. “But the offer has to be important.”
United are thought to be monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation, and he is one of a number of centre backs that manager Jose Mourinho is interested in signing this summer, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld.
Boateng himself has previously intimated he is looking for a new challenge. He told Socrates magazine: “What are the goals I have not reached yet? Do I, time and again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?”
Of course, when Rummenigge says “the right price” it means he won’t be cheap, especially as he has two years on his contract, and is one of the best centre-backs in world football. United would be lucky to get any change out of £50 million.
There would also be no shortage of clubs around Europe who would want to sign Boateng, so United would likely face strong competition for his signature. But with Boateng in Russia with the German team, it is unlikely anything will be resolved until after the side’s World Cup has ended.