Bayern Munich have handed over the club’s mantle to former Croatian player Niko Kovac. The 46-year-old has signed a three-year contract at the club and the Bavarians are looking for a new beginning under him. The club is loaded with senior players who will have to be replaced in the near future so the task will be cut out for the new manager.
It’s being reported that Kovac has red marked quite a few players who he thinks will be surplus for requirements in the upcoming season and one of them is Jerome Boateng. The German international had a horror show in the World Cup like many of his team-mates as the defending champions crashed out of the tournament in the first round.
The usually strong Germany backline failed to keep any clean sheets and Boateng’s poor display was one of the major reasons for it. The Bavarians might have won their domestic title without any contest but they currently look far off from challenging for the Champions League which is often seen as a parameter for success for the biggest club in Germany given the fact that they are hardly ever contested in their domestic league.
He had made just 19 appearances in the Bundesliga last term as he was out with injury so maybe that could be one of the reasons why he wasn’t at his usual best. With Kovac giving him the ultimatum, we look at three Premier League clubs which the 29-year-old defender can join.
The German can once again make his way to the Blue side of Manchester as Pep Guardiola seems to have a good rapport with him from his time at Bayern Munich. There have been rumours of him coming back to the Etihad and one cannot count the move out even though City are well covered defensively.
Like their derby counterparts, the Red Devils have been linked with Boateng as well. Though, it will be interesting to see whether Jose Mourinho will make a move for him as the player is on a decline and he will be replacing his ageing members of defence with another ageing defender.
Chelsea’s success under Antonio Conte was build under strong defensive performances. However, the likes of Gary Cahill and David Luiz let him down last season. The new manager Maurizio Sarri is set to come with a new philosophy, though, it is expected that the Blues will go after a defender in the market as they cannot solely rely on the inexperienced pairing of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christiansen. Boateng will certainly be a decent bet for the Pensioners.