Bayern hopeful on Boateng swoop

The Germany defender struggled to hold down regular first-team

football due to a variety of reasons during his debut Premier

League campaign. The 22-year-old has reportedly informed City boss

Roberto Mancini of his desire to return to the Bundesliga, with

Bayern eager to acquire the former Hamburg stopper. Bayern chief

executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Boateng is on the

club’s radar and he hopes in the coming days the clubs will be able

to finalise a deal. “I believe that there is a chance that we will

come to an agreement. We will have to play a waiting game and this

is not something which will be resolved in the next two or three

days,” he told Kicker. City, for their part, have shown little

inclination to lose the German, with sporting director Mike Rigg

describing Boateng as “unsellable”. The main stumbling block is

City’s insistence on a transfer fee in the region of €20

million (£17.7million), with Bayern currently only prepared to

stump up €12.5m (£11million). Should the two clubs

eventually come to an agreement, Boateng would become the latest

high-profile signing as the club look to mount a stiffer challenge

for the Bundesliga title under new coach Jupp Heynckes, in the wake

of this season’s third-placed finish. Manuel Neuer, Rafinha and

Nils Petersen have already moved to the Allianz Arena this summer.