Bundesliga Giants Bayern Munich could allow defender Jerome Boateng to join Arsenal for practically no transfer fee according to reports from Germany.
New boss Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his defensive options in the January transfer window following Chambers’ long-term injury.
However, the manager’s desired target in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano seems to be beyond reach. With the club unwilling to defer from their £70million demand.
In effect, Arteta will seek at least a temporal alternative and have reportedly opened talks with Bayern Munich over a potential deal for Jerome Boateng.
Boateng, 31, is keen to leave the Bundesliga giants this winter, having succeeded in making just nine appearances in the league so far, and have been linked with several clubs around Europe, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Initial reports ( via Metro ) had claimed that Bayern would want a €15m (£12.75m) transfer fee.
But according to Bild, Bayern Munich would be willing to waive the transfer fee for Boateng if the Gunners paid the 31-year-old’s salary in full.
Boateng’s current contract with Bayern expires in 2021 and is worth around €230,000 (£196,000) a week.
The reports also stated, a similar offer was made to Juventus last summer, which could have seen Jerome Boateng at the Allianz Stadium, but manager Maurizio Sarri vetoed the move.
The 31-year-old joined Bayern Munich in 2011 for €13.50m and has since then gone on to make 301 appearances, scoring 8 goals and contributing 22 assists to the club.