Supposedly Jose Mourinho is identifying targets to bolster his defence over the Summer and the player he has been linked with today is Manchester City ‘defender’ Jerome Boateng, and the figure quoted is a massive £25million….mental, but read on!
The defender started life as a junior at Hertha Berlin and worked his way up through their academy, he broke into the first team during the 2006-2007 season as a youngster and made just 10 appearances for the club. At the end of that term he made the switch to Hamburg for a fee of about £900,000.
During his two seasons there he became a highly sought after player, and became a vital part of the German teams defence, he helped them reach 2 Europa League Semi-Finals as well as breaking into the German national team with whom he played for in the 2010 World Cup. Roberto Mancini took the defender to Eastlands after the tournament for a fee thought to be around £10million, and after a delayed start due to injury he has played 21 times for the blues in all competitions, mostly at right back.
The 22 year old who was born to a Ghanaian father and German mother, is half brother of former Portsmouth player Kevin-Prince Boateng. He is happiest playing centre back and at 6’3 he is a commanding presence in the air, he is also capable of playing in either fullback position.
With Portugese coach’s future in Madrid uncertain, Jose Mourinho is planning his Summer business should he stay in the Spanish capital. He is reportedly ready to bid £25million for the German, over double what the Eastlands club paid for him.
As a City fan I feel particularly well placed to question the sanity of Jose should this be the case! The politest way to describe the players form so far in the Premier League would be ‘patchy’. He has struggled with the pace of the game and at times has seen totally at sea, not to be overly harsh I genuinely believe Boateng has ability, but he has not shown the City fans yet what he can really do.
There are probably numerous factors for this, firstly, his start in England was delayed by injury, secondly, he has been mostly deployed at right back and he has not looked at ease there, when played at centreback he has looked more solid and composed. The attacking side of his game is poor, his passing isn’t the best and he doesn’t appear to be the quickest and this has inhibited him at fullback.
Most of us at Eastlands think it is only fair to give him more time to settle and hopefully a run in his favoured position before a judgement can be made properly. If however there was to be a £25million big incoming, City would be crazy to reject it, even if the player had looked better than he has it is a huge sum of money for a defender. So on this frivolous Friday, lets raise our drink to some of the more crazy rumours that do the rounds, for this is one of these.
TuttoMercatoWeb however disagree and they believe Mourinho sees Boateng as the man to steady his Madrid defense. I don’t see it myself and even if a bid were to come in, would it be for that sum?….I won’t hold my breath!
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