Bayern Munich’s hopes of signing a big-name defender this summer have been dealt another blow with the news that Real Madrid are apparently interested in one of their targets.
Manchester City’s Jerome Boateng is keen to make the switch to the Allianz Arena but the Bavarian giants have been unable to agree a fee with the Citizens.
As a result, Bayern have turned their attentions to Chelsea’s central defender Alex – only to find that Real Madrid are also on the Brazilian’s trail.
According to the Daily Mail, Real boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring in the 29-year-old to the Bernabeu as the natural successor to the ageing Ricardo Carvalho.
Given the Spanish side’s muscle in the transfer market, Madrid appears the more likely option for Alex providing Chelsea choose to sell.
However, should the German outfit win the race to sign Alex and marry a newfound defensive solidity with last year’s potent attack, Bayern will be good bets to reclaim the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund at odds of 11/20 in bwin’s football betting market.
The Bavarians bagged 81 league goals last season, with Mario Gomez weighing in with 28 to finish the top flight’s leading scorer.
On the other hand, they conceded 40 goals – 18 more than Dortmund – and have already brought in Manuel Neuer from Schalke in a bid to shore up their defence.
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Bayern get their Bundesliga campaign underway against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, 6th August.
Early Bayern v Gladbach betting makes the home side 1/5 favourites to start the season with a win.
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