Boateng, Thiago Can Leave. But Lewandowski Can’t
Manchester United transfer target Jerome Boateng will be allowed to leave Bayern Munich this summer.
The Germany international has previously hinted that he is looking to move on from the Bundesliga champions. That’s despite having a contract that runs to 2021.
But speaking to the German newspaper Sport Bild, Bayern chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
“If a club comes and he announces that he wants to change to this club, we will deal with it. But it must be an important offer.”
In an interview in April, Boateng hinted at a possible departure this summer.
“I’ve experienced everything at FC Bayern, and I am slowly coming to a point where I must answer myself certain questions,” he told Socrates magazine.
“What are the goals I have not reached yet? Do I, time and time again, want to prove myself at the same club with the same pre-conditions?’
“Those are not necessarily classic questions regarding the career, but vital questions and, in the end, questions that drive people.”
It was around that time that his agent Christian Nerlinger informed Bayern of Boateng’s desire for a change.
“We thought this topic might come round,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild.
Another player who could be on his way out of Bayern is midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The former Barcelona player was a target for Manchester United before he moved to the Allianz Arena in July 2013.
“We continue to plan with him,” added Rummenigge. “But I must say that we have plenty of other midfielders in the squad.”
One player who won’t be sold is striker Robert Lewandowski. Manchester United have been linked with the Poland international whose agent Pini Zahavi has told Bayern of his client’s desire to move on.
“I said weeks ago I would take bets on Lewandowski staying with us,” said Rummenigge. “I would still do so today.”