Bitter rivals Chelsea and Arsenal could face each other this summer for the signing of Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
The 32-year-old has been among the reigning European champions for a decade but has been told his contract will not be renewed and will be allowed to expire this summer.
This is according to the German club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, who confirms this news amid ties with Chelsea and Arsenal.
Speaking to Sky, via Bundesliga News, he said: “[Allowing Boateng’s contract to run out this summer] was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved in it.
“I explained it to Jerome, and he was very understanding.“
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As reported by the Metro, citing reliable German outlet BILD, Boateng was on Chelsea and Arsenal’s shortlist last summer.
The Blues have chosen to sign Thiago Silva to bolster their defensive options, so the Brazilian’s presence at Stamford Bridge could give Arsenal an extra boost in their potential pursuit of Boateng.
The 32-year-old has played in the Premier League before, having represented Manchester City in the 2010/11 season, before signing for Bayern Munich after publicly declaring his desire to leave the Etihad stadium.