Tottenham are leading London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign Bayern Munich stalwart Jerome Boateng, according to reports in Germany.
The Bundesliga club have confirmed Boateng’s contract will not be extended, meaning he will be available as a free agent this summer.
The German has enjoyed a glittering 10-year spell with Bayern, winning 15 major honours including two continental trebles. As such, the 32-year-old – who also triumphed at the World Cup in 2014 – has no shortage of suitors across Europe.
Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona are also monitoring the situation, but Spurs are at the front of the pack vying for Boateng’s services.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is believed to be targeting defensive recruitment this summer and Boateng would bring grit and experience to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed last week the seasoned defender’s deal would not be extended.
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“Jerome’s contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended,” Salihamidzic told Sky Sport Germany .
“That was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved. I explained that to Jerome and he was very understanding. He leaves through a big door – hopefully with titles.”
Meanwhile, Boateng will hope to be involved in the Champions League quarter-final second leg with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
He suffered a knock during the 1-1 draw with Union Berlin on Saturday but Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick expects him to recover in time for the encounter at Parc des Princes.
“Lucas Hernandez and Leon Goretzka trained and looked good. The same goes for Jerome Boateng and Kingsley Coman,” said Flick. “We assume that those who trained can play.”
Bayern are looking to overturn a 3-2 deficit from the first leg against the Ligue 1 giants.
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