Arsenal are keeping tabs on Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to Sport Bild.
The German publication is claiming that the Bundesliga outfit have decided not to renew the 6’4 defender’s contract, making him a free agent at the end of the season.
Mikel Arteta’s side are said to still be keeping tabs on Boateng, however, Chelsea and Tottenham are also interested in making a move.
It seems like all Arsenal are linked with in the transfer market are defenders with Dayot Upamecano reportedly a target for the outfit as we wrote about yesterday.
Is Boateng the type of player Arsenal should sign next summer?
Any move for more defensive players would be incredibly stupid from a club, who already have eight centre-backs on their books this campaign. As a matter of fact, Arteta was blessed with so many options at the back that Sokratis had to be left out of the 25-man squad in the Europa League and Premier League.
In any case, a move for Boateng would hardly be suitable with the club possessing far better options at this moment in time. When compared to Rob Holding, for example, Boateng doesn’t really come close with the English centre-half averaging more tackles, interceptions and clearances per league game than the veteran.
The Gunners would also have to worry about the player’s substantial salary demands with the 32-year-old currently on £198k-p/w. With Arsenal currently attempting to make cuts, adding a player on close to £200k-p/w to their books wouldn’t be the smartest decision.
From possessing better and younger options to his abnormally high wages, Boateng wouldn’t the best recruit for Arsenal. The north London outfit need to make smart decisions in the transfer market and signing the Germany international certainly isn’t one of them.