Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich in the summer. New boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on boosting his squad ahead of the next season, and is interested in signing Boateng.
The center-back is out of contract at Bayern in the summer, and discussions over a new deal have reportedly not taken place yet. As a result, the German could be on his way to Stamford Bridge at the end of the current season.
According to Todofichajes, Chelsea have finalised a deal in principle with Boateng’s agent, and the player is set to make the switch once his contract expires.
#Chelsea have been working on the deal for some time and if 'nothing goes wrong', Boateng will become the first signing of the Thomas Tuchel era.
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) February 8, 2021
Tuchel is reportedly a huge fan of Boateng, and even tried to sign him when he was at Paris Saint-Germain.
Boateng has previously played in the Premier League with Manchester City. He made 16 appearances across competitions under Roberto Mancini, from 2010-2011 before moving to Bayern.
No clarity on new deal
Both Bayern and Boateng have been non-committal on a new deal, with the defender still a regular member of Hansi Flick’s squad this campaign.
Club sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said in November: “We all know that Jerome has a contract until June 30th, 2021 and we will talk to Jerome and his management at a reasonable time and make a fair decision for everyone. This is not an issue for us at the moment.”
German outlet Bild have reported that Tuchel wants to bring in Boateng to partner Thiago Silva at the heart of his defence. The defender has won everything there is to win at Bayern, having lifted the Bundlesiga on eight occasions. He is also a two-time Champions League winner and he has won the DFB-Pokal five times.
Bayern are already set to lose David Alaba at the end of the season, who looks bound for Real Madrid. However, Chelsea and Manchester United continue to be interested in the Austrian.