Bayern Munich Chief Confirms PSG Talks over Jerome Boateng Transfer

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 25, 2018

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 25: Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on April 25, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed centre-back Jerome Boateng is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a move to the French capital this summer.

The defender has been touted as a possible departure from the Allianz Arena this summer, and Rummenigge confirmed PSG hold the advantage in the race for his signature, per Goal's Ronan Murphy:

"At the moment there is no direct contact between the clubs. But there is contact between his agents and PSG. We have to wait, if we could find a basis for a transfer.

"Now we have to wait and see whether at the end of the day we find a basis on which we can agree on a transfer. We have to find a transfer fee that would be acceptable for both.

"In principle, we have enough players at this position, even if Jerome leaves."  

According to the report, Boateng is valued between €50 million (£44 million) and €60 million (£53 million), though Rummenigge said Bayern and PSG are yet to begin negotiations directly.

Sport Bild's Christian Falk reiterated as much and posted an update on Tuesday that no agreement was close:

Christian Falk @cfbayern

There will be no agreement between @FCBayern and @PSG_inside for a Transfer of Jerome Boateng during the next days. The exclusive story about @JB17Official tomorrow in @SPORTBILD https://t.co/tMWRDhlRsy

Manchester United are also believed to be shopping for a defender this summer, and Kicker (h/t Liam Corless of the Manchester Evening News) reported Boateng is one of those attracting their interest.

Rummenigge's remarks go slightly against Bayern manager Niko Kovac's recent comments that Boateng was set to remain at the Allianz Arena, however.

Amid talk of the Germany international leaving the club, Kovac recently told reporters"I know Jerome quite well and I'm confident that he will stay with Bayern. I know that Thomas [Tuchel] is still looking for one or two good players, maybe he will look at us, but it will not be easy to get our players."

Bayern have a stocked reserve of talent in central defence with Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule the likely pair to start should Boateng leave. Javi Martinez and youngster Lars Lukas Mai are also options, and Goal's Ronan Murphy provided an update on the links with Stuttgart and France star Benjamin Pavard:

Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul

Bayern Munich have not yet agreed a deal with Stuttgart for Benjamin Pavard, as the defender is looking for first-team guarantees, according to Sky Germany. A move is likely this summer if Jerome Boateng leaves. #FCBayern #VfB

United manager Jose Mourinho has benefited from the 2016 capture of Eric Bailly in central defence, while Victor Lindelof had a mixed maiden term at Old Trafford and the futures of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain unclear.

Like many stars in the German camp, Boateng had a 2018 FIFA World Cup to forget as Die Mannschaft exited at the group stage in Russia, but Statman Dave offered context to back up the defender's star reputation:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Total defensive errors last season: Giorgio Chiellini (3) Samuel Umtiti (3) Jérôme Boateng (1) Diego Godín (1) Clément Lenglet (1) Leonardo Bonucci (0) World class. 🇮🇹 🇮🇹 🇮🇹 #MUFC https://t.co/Fg6GUiBHEK

Boateng doesn't offer much in terms of resale value as he prepares to turn 30 in September, but United are in need of instant class at centre-back. Not since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left the club in 2014 have the Red Devils boasted a world-class presence in the position.

PSG could match United in just about any aspect of a transfer race, and talk of the defender entering negotiations with the Ligue 1 powerhouse could be the motivation Mourinho's side need to hasten their approach.