Tottenham Hotspur target Jerome Boateng is demanding a three-year contract worth £11.5 million from his next club as he prepares to leave Bayern Munich, as reported by InterLive.
It will be a summer of real change at the Allianz Arena.
Long-serving CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is about to ride off into the sunset, another Bundesliga title under his arm, followed by treble-winning coach Hansi Flick.
Hasan Salihamidzic, the club’s much-maligned sporting director, could make way too.
And the changes will not be limited to the dugout or the boardroom either.
Boateng, one of the most decorated footballers in Bayern’s history, is destined to become a free agent in July and it has already been decided that the soon-to-be nine-time league champion will not be handed a new contract.
Not that Boateng, at 32, has any plans to bow out at the top level of European football.
Sky reports today that the 2014 World Cup winner is one of the centre-halves in contention for a summer move to Tottenham, alongside Southampton giant Jannik Vestergaard.
You’d have been forgiven for assuming that Spurs’ interest in Boateng went out the door with Jose Mourinho. Not so.
And Inter Live have now shed further light on the situation.
They claim that Boateng, who has been linked recently to Antonio Conte’s newly-crowned Serie A champions, wants a three-year deal worth £11.5 million (which works out at around £75,000-a-week).
Now, this might set a few alarm bells ringing for the notoriously tight-fisted Daniel Levy.
A three-year deal would tie Boateng down until the age of 35. And you only have to glance a few miles down the road to see that handing a long-term contract to a 30-something veteran brings it’s fair share of pitfalls.
Yes, we’re looking at you Willian.
Boateng has at least stayed clear of long-term injuries in recent seasons, suggesting that his body remains as sharp as his mind. And, for every Willian, there is a Thiago Silva.