Chelsea interested in signing €20m-rated Germany international

Bitter rivals Chelsea and Arsenal could go head-to-head this summer for the signing of Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng. Germany international has been with the reigning European champions for a decade but has been told his contract won’t be renewed and will be allowed to expire this summer.

That’s according to the German club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, who confirms this news amid links with Blues and Gunners. Jerome was on the shortlist of both Chelsea and Arsenal last summer.

He said: “[Allowing Boateng’s contract to run out this summer] was a joint decision of the club’s management and the coach was also involved in it. I explained it to Jerome, and he was very understanding.”

The Blues opted to sign Thiago Silva to bolster their defensive options, so the Brazilian’s presence at the London club could give Arsenal an extra boost in their possible pursuit of Boateng.

The German defender has previous experience playing in the PL, having represented Man City in the 2010/11 campaign, before signing for Bayern Munich after publicly stating his desire to leave the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea will no doubt be disappointed by how Timo Werner has performed this season, and a proven footballer like Aguero could be a considerable upgrade.