Multiple conflicting reports seem to be arising regarding the destination of Jerome Boateng. With his contract coming to an end this summer, Boateng can leave his club Bayern Munich for free.
Boateng ended his 10-year stay at Bayern this summer as no new contract was signed. The defender is allowed by the club to look for his next destination. While MLS was a possibility, the player has told his intention to stay in Europe and play at the top level.
As per new reports, Boateng’s next destination could be Rome. Both AS Roma and Lazio, are interested in bringing in the German to their teams. Sky Sports Germany even reported that Lazio has made contact with the player. But the news is also coming from other corners suggesting otherwise. Sports journalist Christian Falk has come out and said that the stories regarding Lazio and Roma are not true.
BAYERN TO ITALY; WHAT NEXT FOR BOATENG?
The next destination for Jerome Boateng is still not sure. After ending his stay at Bayern, he is looking for a new challenge. He wants to fight and regain his place on the national team. With Hansi Flick taking over as the new German manager this summer, Boateng wants to play at the top level to increase his chance of selection.
The latest reports hence is a good option for Boateng. The clubs from Rome, AS Roma and Lazio are interested in the defender. New Roma boss Jose Mourinho is a fan of Boateng and wants him in his team. Boateng could be tempted to switch to work under the Portuguese manager, who himself will be looking to redeem his name.
Meanwhile, Lazio is also undergoing managerial change. Manager Simone Inzaghi will leave the club to join Inter Milan in the coming season. The club will also lose Wesley Hoedt, who will return to his parent club Southampton after his loan spell. This means that the club needs a replacement and Boateng could be an excellent one.
Christian Falk, a trusted source, has rejected this report. The sports journalist has taken to Twitter to state that there are no contacts between any part at the moment.
This is not entirely without any merit. Boateng has stated his wish to compete at the top. Lazio and Roma are not in the Champions League next season and the German will consider it into his decision. Both clubs are also not at the top when it comes to competing for titles.
Moreover, Boateng could hold out for other offers. Arsenal and Tottenham from Premier League were linked to him previously. Further, AS Monaco from Ligue 1 is also looking into the situation. Previous Bayern boss Niko Kovac is currently at Monaco and can tempt Boateng to chose France.
In short, the future of the former World Cup champion is still not clear. With no national duties to look forward to, Boateng has enough time to plot his next move. For clubs looking to tighten their defense and add experience, signing Boateng for free is never a bad decision.