Chelsea should resist temptation to sign reported target Jerome Boateng

Dom Toner May 27, 2020
Chelsea should resist temptation to sign reported target Jerome Boateng
Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

With Premier League football still yet to resume, many eyes in England were drawn towards the Bundesliga on Tuesday to watch Bayern Munich win 1-0 away to Borussia Dortmund. 

Chelsea may have had a close eye on Munich defender Jerome Boateng, who has reportedly become a target for the West London club.

According to Foot Mercato earlier in May, the Blues and rivals Arsenal are both interested in trying to sign the 31-year-old.

The experienced centre-back put in an eye-catching display to help his side edge out Dortmund in the league, which included an excellent goal-line clearance in the first-half and he showed great positional awareness too. 

Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Boateng was involved in a controversial moment though when he blocked a shot in the penalty area and was perhaps fortunate not to have conceded a spot kick.

Despite rediscovering some of his best form in the second half of the season for Bayern, it must be remembered that he’s been out of favour during parts of the last two campaigns due to inconsistency in his game.

The German defender was a world-class operator at his peak, but he turns 32 in September and Chelsea should avoid the temptation of trying to bring him to Stamford Bridge. 

He is out of contract with Bayern in 2021 and has told SportBild – as per Get German Football News – that he could see out that contract. 

Frank Lampard’s side don’t need to take a risk on the World Cup Winner, as they have a group of centre-backs in the squad already that have plenty of potential to still be a big success.

Antonio Rudiger, 27, has shown in the past he can be a colossus defender and he just needs to get back to his best after an injury problem, plus 25-year-old Kurt Zouma can be a star on his day. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea can also look to the future with 24-year-old Andreas Christensen and 22-year-old Fikayo Tomori, who both deserve attempts at nailing down a long-term position.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.