Jerome Boateng, the Bayern Munich defender, has become Barcelona's number one target. Although Jeremy Mathieu arrived a couple of weeks ago, the 'Azulgranas' still want to strengthen the centre of their defence with another player, and the German player has become the top mark to fill this vacancy, in a development that was first uncovered by Radio Marca.
The German, who recently won the World Cup with his national side, has been valued by his club at €39 million. Aged 25, he's equally at home playing in the centre of defence and as a full-back, something that suits Barcelona down to the ground, as he could also cover the position occupied by Dani Alves out on the right.
The difficulties in signing Thiago Silva and Marquinhos have resulted in the Spanish heavyweights continuing to comb the market for a centre-back that's up to the job, and it seems that Boateng has all the attributes required for him to become the next 'Culé' signing.
Real Madrid have also thrown their hat in for the German, although it isn't known if this is out of a genuine interest or if it is an attempt to inflate his price. This latest development has forced Barcelona's director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta, to move the meeting with the player to sooner than originally planned, meaning he could sign this evening.