Bayern Munich have reportedly told Jerome Boateng they would not be allowing him a move away from the club this January.
Arsenal had been massively linked with making an approach for Jerome Boateng in a recent report from Foot Mercato, but it appears the Gunners will now have to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements.
According to Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk, Bayern Munich do not want to risk letting Jerome Boateng leave this winter due to concerns over the small size of their current line-up.
In truth, this could be a bullet dodged for the Gunners, who surely needed to be aiming higher in their search for a new defender anyway.
In Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz, the north London giants already have two ageing and unreliable players as their first-choice pairing in central defence.
It would certainly make sense to go for someone at the peak of their game, or at least not so close to the final years of their career.
Jerome Boateng is no doubt a top talent on his day, but he’s had fitness difficulties in recent times that have seen his overall appearance levels go down.