Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG of English club Manchester City denies the ball to FC Aris Thessaloniki’s on-loan Argentine striker RAUL BOBADILLA (22), sent out this past winter by German Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach, during the UEFA Europa League match at the imposing Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium in Greece last February.
After a period of protracted negotiations, Bundesliga Rekordmeister BAYERN MUNICH have finally procured the one particular player the club have keen to add all summer as English Premier League side Manchester City finally agreed to sell Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG to the 22-time national champion from Bavaria for the adjusted transfer fee of 13.5 million Euros.
The acquisition amount, itself, represents a major achievement for die Roten as, reportedly, Manchester City had originally been asking 20.0 million Euros for Boateng, who never really settled under in his one and only season of British football. The 22-year-old native of West Berlin started just 14 of 38 Premier League matches and appeared just twice with the Startelf during Manchester City’s seven-game run to the English FA Cup championship. Overall, Boateng started just 21 of 59 matches in all competitions for the Eastlands club under Italian trainer Roberto Mancini this past 2010-11 football season.
Boateng’s much-anticipated departure from England comes just thirteen months after Manchester City paid German Bundesliga club SV Hamburg 12.5 million for the versatile defender’s services.
Germany defender JEROME BOATENG (20), then of Bundesliga outfit SV Hamburg, battles for the ball with Uruguay striker DIEGO FORLAN of Spanish side Atletico Madrid during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Third Place Match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
“He is the dream player of trainer Jupp Heynckes,” stated Bayern Munich’s Director of Sport CHRISTIAN NERLINGER following the completion of the deal for the defender who has already won 13 international caps and a World Cup 3rd place medal for Germany in his thus-far brief career; “Jerome Boateng fits into our philosophy,” added Nerlinger.
Boateng, who made his Bundesliga debut for SC Hertha Berlin in January of 2007 and transferred to SV Hamburg in the summer of that year, can be expected to go straight into the Startelf. The Bavarians’ newest arrival has always been seen and was recruited as a central defender for Bayern Munich. The player likely to be affected most by the transaction is veteran Belgium international DANIEL VAN BUYTEN.
Boateng, who began football life as a central defender but has also featured at both left and right back, will team with another youthful international for Germany, HOLGER BADSTUBER, at the heart of the Back IV for Bayern Munich.
Should Boateng prove successful with the Bavarian outfit in the Bundesliga and Europe this season, the move could prove extremely beneficial for the German national team at the 2012 UEFA European Championships next summer; with Germany World Cup stalwarts MANUEL NEUER and PHILIPP LAHM also on the books at Saebener Strasse, it is quite possible that four of the five players at the back for Deutschland at EM 12 could all be from Bayern Munich.