Jerome Boateng and his alleged transfer deals have been making some headlines recently. There are rumors that the two teams, Arsenal and AC Milan, are in talks with the German center-back to become a member of their ranks.
Boateng hasn’t really had an ideal career in Bayern for quite some time, having missed the opportunity this season. The 31-year-old’s perspective transfers, be it in Arsenal or AC Milan, is openly praised by his current club as among Bayern’s ranks, Boateng only made 15 appearances in the ongoing campaign.
The club is set to deliver the player to the one who’s willing to pay him the full salary. Bayern is even willing to release Boateng as far as this month if any of the clubs are willing to pay them somewhere around £12.8million (€15m) at a fee.
In football, doing business and dealing with budgets and salaries is one of the most important aspects. This process includes many individual undertakings, be it budget planning, marketing the team, or buying/selling players.
Sure, doing marketing, partnering with various entertainment providers, and featuring in new football themed online casino slots or simply selling the advertising space on the jersey to the betting companies is crucial to the popularity of the club, however, when it comes to its actual performance, the right players and teamwork decide everything. And for Bayern, Boateng hasn’t exactly been an effective player recently.
AC Milan preoccupied with Simon Kjaer
Now, while both Arsenal and AC Milan are competing with one another to grasp a new center-back, the tip of the scale is tilting more towards Arsenal. That’s because Milan has already secured the transfer deal of Simon Kjaer from Sevilla.
Although the current contract with the Italian club and the 30-year-old Denmark player is based on a short-term loan which was terminated at Atlanta so that he could join Milan, there are some prospects that could indeed see Kjaer as a full-on Milan center-back after the season is over.
And Kjaer seems quite optimistic about his new contract. Shortly after the deal was announced, the center-back voiced his plans and interests in the team’s current projects. His interest in Milan might as well have been increased by the team’s signing the deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic quite recently, which means he’s going to have quality time for the rest of this season.
Kjaer has told Milan News in a recent interview that he is very excited about his membership in Milan because it’s a “historic club”, having produced some of the strongest and most legendary football players in the world such as Maldini, Nesta, and Baresi. He even named Maldini as his favorite defender and the main Milan inspiration.
As for future goals, Kjaer doesn’t hide his ambitions to contribute his best to the team, taking it as high as possible. And even though his current contract is based on a loan, the 30-year-old is optimistic that his playing quality will earn him the full-fledged Milan membership.
Arsenal have the upper hand in a potential Boateng deal
As far as Boateng and his transfer are concerned, AC Milan is still interested in this project. However, since Kjaer is already in its ranks, taking in a German player would mean the latter’s lesser match minutes than the former. And that’s not exactly the appealing prospect for Boateng.
On the other hand, Arsenal seems quite clear-cut for his increased match presence.
As of right now, the team has an injury spike in its defense ranks. A 24-year-old defense Calum Chambers got an injury that extinguished his hopes for properly ending the season – he’s expected to be put on a side bench from six to nine months, having received the rapture in his anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee.
On top of that, the right-back Hector Bellerin and left-back Kieran Tierney are also missing from the effective ranks of the team. And as for the actual center-back position that Boateng is competing for right now, Arsenal has allowed its current Konstantinos Mavropanos to leave for FC Nurnberg on loan for the rest of this season. This means that the vacant place for Boateng is already available.
So, having a flexible defender who can move from the center all the way to the full-back is a really good addition to Arsenal. And although Boateng is predominantly a center-back, he is accustomed to playing in full-on defense as well.