The impasse between Bayern Munich and Manchester City over the proposed transfer of Jerome Boateng has nothing to do with a lack of contact between the clubs, it has been claimed.
Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed recently that his club’s failure to wrap up the signing could be ascribed to the refusal of City officials to engage in negotiations.
However, these allegations have been dismissed by a spokesperson for the Citizens, who told the Sunday Mirror that transfer negotiations have been carried out respectfully and cordially.
The spokesperson went on to suggest that the reason Boateng was still a City player was that Bayern had not yet matched the Manchester club’s valuation for a player they brought in from Hamburg for a fee of more than £10 million last summer.
It is thought Bayern are willing to offer around £12 million for the player, while the Citizens want closer to £17 million.
“Mr Rummenigge’s claims are something of a puzzle to us as not one call from Bayern Munich has been left unanswered and indeed a face-to-face meeting and several conversations have taken place on the topic,” the spokesperson said in an interview with the news provider.
“A personal deal has clearly already been agreed by Bayern, directly with the player, but our respective valuations vary wildly.”
The loss of Boateng would not do much to dent Man City’s prospects of winning the Premier League, although they would boost Bayern’s Bundesliga chances.
The Bavarian giants shipped 40 goals last season – 18 more than league champions Borussia Dortmund – meaning defence is an area to work on ahead of the new campaign.
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