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Arsenal rival Manchester United for €50million transfer in major show of ambition under Unai Emery

Arsenal are reportedly among the clubs in the running to seal the transfer of Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng this summer.

Manchester United are one of the main names being linked with the Germany international, with Bild claiming last night that the Red Devils had opened talks over a deal.

It’s now also being claimed by Kicker that Arsenal are in for Boateng, who’d cost around €50million – a bargain fee for a player of his quality and experience of winning major honours.

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Despite flopping at Manchester City in a brief stint in the Premier League as a youngster, Boateng has shone at Bayern, winning the treble in 2012/13 among many other big trophies at club level.

On the international stage, the 29-year-old also formed part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014, so is precisely the kind of player this Arsenal side needs to get back to their best.

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Jerome Boateng is also being linked with a transfer to Arsenal

New manager Unai Emery is an exciting appointment and he’s made some promising signings so far as Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira are among those coming in.

Boateng, however, would be one of the biggest statements so far and could be a huge upgrade on players like Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding at the back.

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Gooners will hope they can compete with the power of United, however, who also look in dire need of strengthening at the back and can offer Champions League football.

However, they have also been strongly linked by HLN and the Daily Mirror with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, so would perhaps unlikely sign another centre-back if they got him.

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