Chelsea will compete with their north London rivals in a bid to land a 2-time Champions League winner in the 2021 summer.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all looked much better than the last few seasons in the ongoing Premier League campaign. Mikel Arteta’s side look like realistic challengers for a top four spot for the first time since Arsene Wenger’s departure, whereas the Blues and the Lilywhites have been in excellent form too.
With that said, all three sides are facing defensive issues once in a while and the need for a central defender is mutual. The Gunners’ defence has been over-reliant on Gabriel Magalhaes since his arrival, whereas Chelsea must replace Thiago Silva who is only a short-term option. Tottenham have not yet replaced Jan Vertonghen who is now at Benfica.
Daily Mail reports that the London-based trio is all set to wage a war against one another as they target Bayern Munich superstar Jerome Boateng for the next summer. The World Cup winner is in the final months of his contract in Bavaria and there have been no talks of a potential renewal, which allows the player to negotiate with other clubs from January.
Boateng would be a terrific addition to the Emirates Stadium, but there remain doubts over how good he could be at the Stamford Bridge or the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mikel Arteta’s side is not in a great financial position and still has several areas to fill-in, especially for a better squad depth. With that said, they are anyway not a club which spends big and thus, a free move for one of the world’s centre-halves could be a great signing. Boateng will help Arsenal with all they need in the heart of defence at least for a few years.
Chelsea on the other hand can surely make an attempt to sign the Bayern veteran, but their financial prowess will allow them to look at younger and better options. Thiago Silva was always going to be a short-term option for them, meaning the arrival of a central defender is imminent in some time. Not to mention, they also have Malang Sarr, currently loaned out.
Tottenham on the other hand must be the last side to land Boateng. They have an incredible young squad and adding a 32 is a step in the wrong direction, more so due to their interest in Milan Skriniar. Jose Mourinho will surely be helped out with the German’s addition, but the club needs to think more long-term if it wants to contend for silverware.
Where do you think Boateng will be playing in the 2021/2022 campaign?