Silly season might officially close for the summer for EPL teams, but that won’t stop the rest of Europe. As of this morning, ESPN FC’s Jonathan Johnson suggests Bayern Munich center-back Jérôme Boateng could be on his way to PSG. And, it looks like the Ligue 1 champions could get him for something in the region of €45 million.
However, a purchase of that magnitude may potentially throw a wrench into other things. After all, there’s a chance PSG still have to balance the books in order to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions. That said, both sides have plenty of time to figure things out. The transfer window doesn’t close for France and Germany until the end of the month.
Manchester United have interest in Boateng as well, but only on loan. It looks like that’s not going to cut it.
In the meantime, the 29-year-old center-back is coming off a rough World Cup campaign. Germany, the 2014 champions, would see themselves ousted in the group stage. And Boateng himself didn’t play so well, even getting sent off in their group stage match against Sweden.
As for Bayern, selling Boateng potentially opens up a path to playing every week for 22-year-old center-back Niklas Süle. The reigning Bundesliga champions also boast the likes of Javi Martinez and Mats Hummels, but would probably still need to add another central defender in the event they do sell Boateng.
The former Hamburg and Manchester City defender, who arrived ahead of the 2012 season, has gone on to make 258 appearances for Bayern — scoring eight goals and providing 20 assists all while being a force in defense. Earning German Footballer of the Year honors in 2016, he has gone on to win six Bundesliga titles, three League Cups and a Champions League title in Munich.
In other words, PSG could do worse.