German international Jerome Boateng has emerged as a target for Spanish giants Barcelona ahead of the forthcoming season.
With failed efforts to sign Thiago Silva and Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona are scouting the transfer market to land one more signing to strengthen the defence. They have already acquired the services of Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia and also have youngster Marc Bartra providing cover at the heart of defence.
The deal at hand
Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Bayern Munich will be holding out for €39million for the World Cup 2014 winner.
A versatile defender, Boateng primarily plays as a centre back but is equally astute to fill in as a full-back on either side of the pitch.
The Catalan giants have been linked with names like Daniel Agger and Thomas Vermaelen in recent weeks, both of whom are reportedly on their way out of their respective clubs in England.
Agger is way doing the pecking order at Anfield and Belgian centre-back Vermaelen has rejected a new contract at Arsenal, fuelling talks of their exits before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.
Both Agger and Vermaelen would come at a much lesser fee compared to Boateng, but the depth offered by the 25-year-old German will place him higher on the shortlist at Camp Nou.
Guardiola rubbishes rumours
However, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola has rubbished all the rumours of the speculated departure of Boateng from Allianz Arena, according to Goal.com.
He believes Boateng will be a Munich player next season and is 100 percent convinced that he will stay.
Boateng has won eight major trophies for the Bavarians since joining from Manchester City in 2011, including three Bundesliga titles and the 2013 UEFA Champions League.