Arsenal make formal approach to sign experienced defender

According to the Sun via Foot Mercato, Arsenal have made an official approach towards Bayern Munich regarding the possible January signing of defender Jerome Boateng.

Foot Mercato suggest that the Bavarians would be willing to part with the centre-back for around £15.3m, it’s hard to figure out just how much this deal could cost us given the recent conflicting reports.

Sky Sports claimed that the 31-year-old would be available this month for £12.8m, whilst Bild (via Teamtalk) have suggested that the Gunners can sign the experienced star for free as long as they pick up his hefty wages.

Mikel Arteta is in dire need of bolstering his defensive ranks during this window, we still look lacklustre at the back and the recent long-term injury to Calum Chambers has dealt us another blow in defence.

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Boateng 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.

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Boateng’s importance to Bayern’s first-team appears to be dwindling.

Whilst the ace has made 15 appearances across all competitions this season, it’s likely that this was only due to the Bavarians having some injuries in central defence.

It would always be hard to turn down the potential signing of such an experienced player, but should the Gunners be focusing their efforts – and cash for that matter, on a more long-term option at centre-back?

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14 Comments

  1. Drew SA says:

    WOW , like wow, Boateng? the same Boateng that fell flat on his face when dribbled by Messi? ThaT BBoateng?

    Arent there any young defenders around??????????

  2. Grandad says:

    Boateng is way past his best, and is not a player we should even contemplate recruiting.Lessons will surely have been learned from the costly errors of judgement made by those in authority at Arsenal during the past decade.

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      Just to edit – “Lessons will hopefully have been learned from the costly errors of judgement…”

      Based on track record, “surely” may be too strong/optimistic – we seem to like the bag of magic beans approach by times.

  3. gotanidea says:

    No matter how good Boateng is, we shouldn’t spend more money on old players

    Should invest on young players for the future, because Arsenal is not as rich as Real Madrid and Barcelona

    Even Bayern Muenchen, Chelsea, Tottenham and Man United chose to invest on young players

  4. jon fox says:

    I counsel that buying another 31 year old ageing CB would be a huge mistake. He would be expensive too, if the figures in this report are indeed true. I do not see it happening, though it may be a longstop second or third choice, being kept artificially alive, until we get someone better. Let us hope we do! Mind you, my Aunt Gladys would be preferable to Mustafi and Sokratis. She is not in training currently, on account of being deceased but I would still prefer her.

    1. gerry burke says:

      JON FOX, so sorry to hear about your aunt gladys,i did not know that she was not training, nor, did i know that she is deceased, a big loss to the centre half world !!.on a serious note , i doubt this silly rumour about BOATENG is true, well i hope it is not true. dead money is what our spend on him would be . it is beginning to look like a retirement home for defenders, right now is the emirates.i have always believed in bringing along younger players, that is if they have to go out and buy such players, or promote from within. i am not at all well up on our younger players , so i do not know if we have any budding defenders. but , surely , we must have , would much prefer to go for a younger player rather than near retirees .but lets see what happens, paper never refuses ink.

    2. Le Coq Monster says:

      Have we any Witch Doctors on here?……………….or someone with paranormal expertise who could possibly get Jons Aunt Gladys to posssess the body of Sokratis or Mustafi……………or preferably both of them!…………………….Do we even have a dark arts paranormal division somewhere in the dungeons of The Emirates ?……………….probably yes, but Kroenke is spending the money on genetic Beaver mutations to produce the perfect moultless beaver!

  5. Innit says:

    If he comes, I will support him as should all of you

  6. hydrogen_afc says:

    If we’re to sign Boateng, it should just be till the end of the season, who knows, his experience might be of benefit to our defence

  7. Bassey says:

    Let’s sign him on loan, for the reminder of the season, and send him back to where he come from, but if at the end of the season he perform well, then we can sign him permanently.

  8. Top Gunner says:

    He was the slowest defender at Man. City when he was young. What about now? Bad news for Arsenal

  9. Robert Baker says:

    Sad state of affairs if he signs for us, we should be going full throttle for dayot upamencarno, young with a great future, better than van dyke if you ask me, that’s what we need, he’s perfect for us. Get the rest of this season under his belt before he joins up next season with the other new lad, forgot his name for the life of me.
    Just arsenal being cheap.

  10. patH says:

    Unless we sell some players we will not be getting anyone in. Boateng is another of these silly rumors of which we will be receiving many over the next few weeks. As for dayot upamecano he would cost 30 million plus wages, we haven’t got 3p in the bank so forget it.

  11. moses says:

    i donot think that he is the best for us in this situation arsenal is in,

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