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Chelsea are ready for battle with Arsenal

express: Chelsea and Arsenal are set to go head-to-head in an effort to sign Jerome Boateng this summer. The Bayern Munich defender is entering the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and could be ready for a move to pastures new.

Boateng has struggled for game time with the Bavarian giants in recent seasons, although he has enjoyed something of a resurgence this term under Hansi Flick.

The 31-year-old has notched up 25 appearances across all competitions for Bayern, earning admiring glances from around Europe.

There has been speculation over whether Boateng would be offered a new deal to stay in Germany but the return from injury of Niklas Sule appears to be hastening the World Cup winner’s exit.

And now Fussball Transfers have confirmed that both Chelsea and Arsenal have expressed interest in the centre-back ahead of the summer window, while Hertha Berlin are also keen.

It is not clear whether these clubs have approached Bayern over a move so his future remains undecided, but any new signings made by the Bundesliga outfit in the coming months would surely push Boateng towards the door.

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano is one such player who has been linked with a move to Munich, and the arrival of the 21-year-old Frenchman would definitely increase the chances of Chelsea or Arsenal snapping up Boateng.

The German international has spent nine seasons with Bayern since joining from Manchester City in a deal worth around £12million.

Boateng is a versatile defender that primarily plays in central defence but also has experience at right-back.

Chelsea are well-stocked on the right with Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James so any move to Stamford Bridge would surely see Boateng deployed centrally.

Frank Lampard is still yet to settle on his preferred partner for Antonio Rudiger, with Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori all rotating alongside the German this season.

Arsenal could sell Shkodran Mustafi this summer while Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz are yet to fully win over the Gunners faithful, so Boateng would provide some much-needed stability.

Speaking about Boateng on Friday, Flick said: “He still has a year contract, it’s his decision.

“Jerome was a German international and has now shown once again that he can show performance at this high level.

“He is physically fitter and has created the conditions that he currently has a regular place here. I like to work with him and he is currently doing a very good job.”

Boateng is not the only new signing Chelsea are targeting this summer, with Lampard aiming to overhaul his squad and acquire several reinforcements in key positions.

A new left-back is desired with both Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso expected to leave while a striker to ease the goalscoring burden on Tammy Abraham is also sought.

Hakim Ziyech will finally complete his £33.4m move from Ajax but further attacking additions are being lined up with Jadon Sancho, Philippe Coutinho and Kai Havertz all touted as potential targets.

Source: Published by express

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Promise
Promise
11 days ago

Is better Chelsea offload all these average players and buy Jerome, he far better.

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
11 days ago

I think arsenal should sign him

Gideon
Gideon
11 days ago

Yeah but arsenal supposed to sign up first

Gideon
Gideon
11 days ago

Yeah but the supposed to sign him up first

Segun John
Segun John
11 days ago

it will be good for arsenal to sign him

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
11 days ago

He will be better of in Arsenal

Esther Areo
Esther Areo
11 days ago

He will be a good player for arsenal if they sign him

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
11 days ago

Wow, this is really great,I hope Arsenal wins the race.

TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
11 days ago

It’s better for him to make his decision on which club he want to play for

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
11 days ago

Arsenal is not a club that player should go to …let him go to Chelsea because that is the only he can play well if he really want to come to epl

Ajoseh Florence
Ajoseh Florence
11 days ago

He should decide the club he would go

OKUNNUWA TIMILEHIN
OKUNNUWA TIMILEHIN
11 days ago

Good decision

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
11 days ago

Boateng will be a good for both Clubs due to his career experience

Ademola wahab
Ademola wahab
11 days ago

Still a rumour, will be massive if arsenal can make a deal, massive boost it will be for the team

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
11 days ago

In my own opinion, i don’t think he’s the kind of defender chelsea and arsenal needs

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
11 days ago

His experienced will be a boost to any club he decides to join. But Chelsea will be a good fit for him

Umar Faruk
Umar Faruk
11 days ago

Waiting….

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
11 days ago

Chelsea really need him

Kolawole Mayowa Emmanuel
Kolawole Mayowa Emmanuel
11 days ago

Let’s wait and see

Maxwell okotie
Maxwell okotie
11 days ago

he will be better in arsenal

Obinna Stanley okoye
Obinna Stanley okoye
11 days ago

Jerome will partner well with Rudigar at the centre back

Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
Rasheed Toheeb Bolaji
11 days ago

Arsenal should consider signing him.

Miebaka minaye Ilombo
Miebaka minaye Ilombo
11 days ago

Battle

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
11 days ago

But Chelsea the you think you can defeat arsenal?

Osuji Caleb ikechi
Osuji Caleb ikechi
11 days ago

Chelsea should move fast that guy is just too good with the ball

Umukoro Ufuoma
Umukoro Ufuoma
11 days ago

Arsenal can have him not Chelsea, he is too old for Chelsea

Godswill
Godswill
11 days ago

I think Chelsea should sign him is more better.

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
11 days ago

Two shit clubs fighting for a player that has lost it. He flopped in the EPL with Manchester City n has not been at his best since d world cup… Dey shud fyt fr him, I don’t care

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
10 days ago

A move to arsenal will be better considering the inconsistency in their defence,a star defender like Boateng can help to solidify the team.

Isah abdulmumeen
Isah abdulmumeen
10 days ago

Arsenal need that player than chelsea.

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
10 days ago

He would play better in arsenal

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
10 days ago

Chelsea might have an upper hand in the signing

Anthony Anyanwu
Anthony Anyanwu
10 days ago

Let the highest biddder get him cos he will improve both clubs

Mustapha Animashaun
Mustapha Animashaun
10 days ago

Is a good defender but I think the both really need him badly because of there defensive error they allow more goal in there half .

Michael Josi
Michael Josi
10 days ago

I think Chelsea and Arsenal should go for a young center back defender rather the 31 year old, he is not even having his game time but that’s their decision to make though

Michael Josi
Michael Josi
10 days ago

I think Chelsea and Arsenal should go for a young center back defender rather than the 31 year old, he is not even having his game time but that’s their decision to make though.

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
10 days ago

Boateng should rather go to Arsenal they need him more considering his experience Arsenal really need someone of Boateng Calibre

Ajao sherif
Ajao sherif
10 days ago

Let’s seat and watch the battle line..

Dele Braimoh
Dele Braimoh
10 days ago

Chelsea don’t need him. He should go to the Chinese super league or UAE

Isaac Ayebaebimiete Usoro
Isaac Ayebaebimiete Usoro
10 days ago

Boateng will be a good addition to Arsenal but if Chelsea truly want him at Stamford bridge then I don’t see Arsenal competing with the Russian billions.

Pablo chidiebere
Pablo chidiebere
10 days ago

He should go to Chelsea and play with rudiger

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
10 days ago

I think gunners should sign him instead

Olayinka Njoku
Olayinka Njoku
10 days ago

Arsenal needs Jerome to strengthen the defence,he is an experience defender.

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
10 days ago

Boateng has a lot of experience so whichever club signs him will improve greatly

Stanley Ejike Raphael
Stanley Ejike Raphael
10 days ago

I Think he will do well in any club he decides to play for

John Orobosa
John Orobosa
10 days ago

Nice one. Let’s see who pulls the trigger and wins. I think Arsenal need to strengthen their defence unit.

Johnson Hernandez
Johnson Hernandez
10 days ago

Arsenal should be fast and sign him the really need to improve their defence

Atte
Atte
10 days ago

Boateng is a player with so much experience. I would want Chelsea to sign him to tighten their defense better. But why is Bayern sell these older players to buy younger ones. Other clubs should take note.

Peace okocha
Peace okocha
10 days ago

I personally don’t see Boateng leaving Bayern Munich.

Abdulwahab Shayau
Abdulwahab Shayau
10 days ago

Arsenal is the team that needs serious defenders