Arsenal are expected to tussle with Tottenham Hotspur for a key signing in the summer transfer window of 2021 from Bayern Munich.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are having contrasting starts to the campaign, but their ultimate aim for a top-four spot remains mutual. The north Londoners are yet to meet this season in a series of fixtures that may be pivotal in their running for the Champions League spot. Nonetheless, they’re already planning to pip one another next summer.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is the player that has been established on both sides’ radar. The World Cup winner’s contract at the Allianz Arena expires in June 2021, and as such, no attempt has been made by his side to renew his stay at the club. According to Bild, both of the Premier League’s defensively vulnerable sides are monitoring his situation.
Mikel Arteta’s side had already vested interest in the player during the summer. However, financial constraints owing to the coronavirus coupled with their priority of signing Thomas Partey meant that they were unable to sign Boateng, instead of settling for Gabriel Magalhaes, who has certainly been a great addition coming in from Lille.
Tottenham on the other hand are yet to replace Jan Vertonghen and Jose Mourinho has opted with Eric Dier as a makeshift central defender. Spurs were targeting Milan Skriniar during the summer but they had already spent a reasonable amount on signing players that time along and hence, they were unable to meet Inter Milan’s asking price.
Considering that Boateng would be available for free, it comes as no surprise that the Premier League giants are going to contend for him. However, Arsenal must be mindful that Tottenham could have the upper hand in this player’s pursuit due to their financial supremacy and not to mention, a better squad which may lead them to the Champions League.
Finally, the possibility of staying at Bayern Munich is not entirely ruled out for the 32-year-old. The former Manchester City centre-back’s agent has already stated that the player will be open to talking to his current club about a possible extension and with David Alaba more likely to leave than stay, the Bundesliga leaders may open talks with Boateng soon.