Arsenal could sign defensive target for £12.8m in January transfer window

According to Sky Sports News via Sky Germany, Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munch star Jerome Boateng in order to boost their injury-stricken defensive ranks in the January transfer window.

Sky Germany claim that the 31-year-old could be available for just £12.8m this month, while Boateng may be past his best – is this a good fee to pay for a player of his experience?

The centre-back has won the Bundesliga seven straight times with Bayern, as well as the Champions League. The high-profile star also helped Germany win the World Cup in 2014.

Sky Sports News report that the injury to Calum Chambers could leave him sidelined for up to nine months.

With such a massive blow to the team, it’s clear that Mikel Arteta may have to focus his January attentions on boosting the defence.

Despite the Gunners’ reported interest, Sky Sports News claim that arrivals are unlikely at the Emirates Stadium considering the money that Arsenal shelled out on players last summer.

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Boateng has made 15 appearances for the Bavarians across all competitions so far this season, the star’s presence in the team right now could however be overestimated.

It’s likely that the Germany international is playing first-team football because of the injury to marquee signing Lucas Hernandez.

Should Arsenal make a move for the experienced defender or do you think that the Gunners should be eyeing younger transfer targets?

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25 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    I believe Arsenal have learned a lot from Luiz’s and Sokratis’ recruitments

    If someone comes, he would most likely be under 28 years old

    1. Sylva Olabanji says:

      31 years old is still OK if given 2 years contract. Boateng is a good defender with experience. Most German defenders are technically good. There isn’t much good young defenders out there. My worry is if he will be fit for the physicality of the premier league. I feel Boateng is worth the gamble.

  2. Grandad says:

    No thanks.Past his best like Luis.Holding will return shortly.

  3. Le Coq Monster says:

    No thanks!……next please!

  4. Knight says:

    Definitely forced into this because of the long term injury to Chambers.Vast experience at all levels,and i think he is allowed to play in the Europa League

  5. James says:

    Hello no. Rather have an off form Holding playing till he regains his form. Boateng should stay where he is FFS. If he’s sh*t in Bundesliga cant imagine what epl has in store for him.

  6. Shakir says:

    I dont think age should be taken into consideration(chiellini,ramos,pique are old but still world class defenders).I am not saying he is world class but he is a good defender.We are looking to close down the season and not at a long term CB.We have got a long term CB,Saliba.

    Its a gamble worth taking.

  7. Reggie says:

    I can’t see us paying 12+ mil for a 31 year old, i think in our present situation we will look for a loan. It doesn’t sit right with our finances at this moment in time. I don’t expect us to sign anyone unless we sell and even then not a 31 year old with no value.

  8. Goonster says:

    Man. These patchy signings. I am tired of them.

  9. Chris okobah says:

    Arsenal are paying the price of having incompetent and technically deficient board,. It is only in Arsenal that there is no technical report at the end of each year where the performance of the team in the outgoing premier league year is analyzed. Even in business , you must analyse your performance at the end of each year in order to improve the areas you are deficient. But Arsenal keep buying players the do not desperately need. In th past four our defence has been our major problem ,but we refused to address it. That is what can be described as repetitive compulsion , doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
    If Arsenal fail to fortify their defence and buy a very hood defensive midfielder, their results will continue to be the same.

    1. Becky says:

      Boateng is a seasoned professional and can definitely help our defensive woes. The price is right too. Thumbs up to the deal.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Becky, I agree.
        We missed out on Evans(“manure rubbish”) Cahill (“chelsea rubbish”) and both are playing premier league football in teams doing better than The Arsenal at present and both were free transfers I think.

        Not good enough for us, being too old and coming from our closest rivals…so they must be rubbish according to some of our fan base.

        If Arteta thinks he’s good enough, that’s ok with me, after all, he hasn’t so badly so far!!!

        1. ken1945 says:

          Should have added, what club is prepared to let one of their top CB’s leave in the January transfer window?
          Let’s get some proven experience in that back four, someone who might just be able to defend properly.

  10. Chris okobah says:

    Arsenal are paying the price of having incompetent and technically deficient board,. It is only in Arsenal that there is no technical report at the end of each year where the performance of the team in the outgoing premier league year is analyzed. Even in business , you must analyse your performance at the end of each year in order to improve the areas you are deficient. But Arsenal keep buying players they do not desperately need. In th past four our defence has been our major problem ,but we refused to address it. That is what can be described as repetitive compulsion , doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
    If Arsenal fail to fortify their defence and buy a very good defensive midfielder, their results will continue to be the same.

  11. Break-on-through says:

    Yeah, definitely it’s a no for me too. We should be looking at our main targets not a quick fixer upper. I don’t know the player very well on any sort of consistent basis, just seen him a number of times in the CL (and a little for country). I’ll side with our fans on this one, most fans reckon we should have other targets.

    Is Ake as good as our fans think he is, Che are likely fav’s …70m though …steep.

    Pepe and the other guys starting next season settled will be a big plus. It’s important that we’re shrewd in the market, cast-offs are not the way to go, we need to rip away the ones we really want.

    Auba needs to sign, he could damage our transfer plans as it puts an element of doubt on the type of targets, whoever we bring in will be with insight into our forwards games and the midfielders games etc.. etc.. Also if he is not staying it will waste time up trying to get (best) price and then haggling for his replacement.

    Arteta has impressed us all in a very short space of time, now it is for the board to do the same, they really need to impress us and put Arsenal in the best possible driving seat.

  12. gerry burke says:

    i would give absolutely anything to see TYRONE MEARS in an arsenal shirt. for me, he is the next best thing to VIRGIL VAN DYKE.

  13. gerry burke says:

    TYRONE MEARS ???!!!, okay, think i meant tyrone mings, lol. the christmas cheer is still in me veins .

    1. Sue says:

      Haha I knew who you meant, gerry… and I’m with you on that 👍

    2. Le Coq Monster says:

      I prefer Tyra Minge! 😆

  14. Restless says:

    Arsenal let Koscielny go for 4.6M pounds and he was 34 years old with less than 25% of Boateng’s experience. But Boateng is too old to command 12.%m pounds at 34 with all his world class experience. Ooooookay.

  15. Restless says:

    12.8M pounds I meant to say

    1. Jim will fix it says:

      Stop getting Restless mate!

  16. Andrew Elder says:

    If the money is available we should go for a younger CB. If it’s cover for Chambers then Boateng fits the bill. He’s lost a bit of his pace but has bags of experience at the highest level, a good header of the ball and over 6’4″ in his socks. Perhaps MA should get Ozil’s opinion of him, they’ve played together for years.

  17. Elmubarak says:

    so Arteta and d board av to tink deep before concluding because addition in him may useful in d nearest future such alternative could be easy to forgo
    base on experience and exposure,I bliv tins cud b learnt and achieved through him

  18. eagles007 says:

    Honestly Jerome will be a good addition and is also comfortable with the ball at his feet…I really hope the news is true

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