As per a report from Christian Falk of German outlet Bild, Premier League giants Manchester United contacted Bayern Munich earlier today over the possibility of signing Jerome Boateng.
Boateng, 29, has been on the books of the Bavarian giants since 2011, when he made the move back to Germany from Manchester City following just a solitary campaign at the Etihad.
And Boateng has since gone on to establish himself as one of the finest central defenders in world football, racking up 6 Bundesliga titles, 3 German Cups and a Champions League crown since his his return to the Allianz Arena.
As such, despite his still-crucial role in the backline of the Bavarians, mounting reports that the former Hamburg man could be available for the right price this summer have come as something of a surprise.
Boateng himself did little to dampen the rumours that he could be set for an exit from Bavaria following Bayern’s Champions League semi-final elimination at the hands of Real Madrid back in May, when he explained:
‘I experienced everything at FC Bayern.’
‘So now I certainly reach a point where I have to answer certain questions to myself: ‘What goals do I have that I did not reach yet? Do I want to prove myself always at the same club and always under the same circumstances?’
‘This is a question of personal challenges. It is not about classical career questions, but about questions for your life.’
The two clubs most heavily-touted as potential destinations for Boateng to this point have been Manchester United and PSG, with reports in the French media over the last couple of weeks having suggested that the latter had agreed personal terms with the German.
To this point, though, there has reportedly been little progress made towards a finalised deal between PSG and Bayern, with the aforementioned update from the reliable Christian Falk of Bild this evening having revealed that United have now reemerged as contenders for Boateng.
Falk claims that fresh contacts between Bayern and the Red Devils were initiated by the latter earlier today, with Jose Mourinho known to be on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements before the English transfer window slams shut this coming week:
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 5, 2018
Bayern are said to value Boateng at around 50 million Euro.