News filtered through that Bayern had signed Jerome Boateng from Manchester City for about 13 million euros yesterday. Earlier in the week, reports had emerged that Bayern had agreed a deal with Chelsea over Alex. The defender's price was set at about 10 million Euros. Alex was all but set to move to Munich.
However, Bayern decided to put the deal on hold and make one final push for Boateng. The push turned out to be successful as they got Boateng at a much lower price than Manchester City had initially asked for.
Many a Bayern fan though would have rather seen the bulky figure of Alex walk into the Allianz Arena rather than the slightly questionably Boateng. Boateng wanted a club where he could play regularly as a central defender and he found one in Bayern.
However, Bayern's defence needs an experienced and strong figure after three seasons of complete disarray including the 2009-2010 season where Bayern almost won it all. Boateng brings more question marks than answers. He played well for Hamburg, but how well will he do at Bayern?
Next to Boateng most probably will be the young Holger Badstuber. A defender who rarely tackles, Badstuber won his critics over as a left-back in 2009-2010. As a central defender, which is his natural position, there are huge question marks over his performances as last season suggested. Louis Van Gaal might have had a lot to do with Badstuber's poor season. How well will he do under Jupp Heynckes?
The experience that Alex would have brought is not to be underestimated. Alex has played in the biggest club competitions. He is a fantastic presence to have at the back and perhaps would have been a much better option than Boateng.
Boateng is young and has previous experience in the Bundesliga. These are seemingly the two reasons why Bayern went ahead and purchased the Germany international who can play anywhere across the back four and can also feature as a central defensive midfielder.
Boateng's performances in the World Cup didn't exactly light up the World. He featured as a left-back there. At Manchester City, he hardly played in a season blighted with injury. Boateng's contract will see him remain at the Allianz Arena till mid 2015. As versatile as Boateng is, can he hold of the best attackers in the world? We will find out soon.
As for other news, Takashi Usami arrived in Munich. Dale Jennings was also signed and will feature for Bayern II. All in all, Bayern has spent a hefty amount on transfers this season. Also, this might not be the end of the spree. Arturo Vidal could still arrive and Heynckes believes that Leverkusen will eventually give in and send the Chilean, who is currently featuring in the Copa America, to Munich.
Bayern beat Carl Zeiss Jena, 0-2, in a friendly. Nils Petersen and David Alaba were on target.
That's all for now. I would like to hear your opinions on the Boateng transfer.