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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants to sign versatile Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng in the January transfer window as he looks to manage the club’s defensive injury problems.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal want to bring Boateng to the Emirates on loan from Bayern.
Arteta wants to add to his defensive options this month following the season-ending injury to Calum Chambers.
The 24-year-old could be sidelined for nine months after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Boateng is looking to secure a move away from the Bundesliga champions as he has fallen out of favour at the club this season and the 31-year-old is seen as a solid temporary fix by the Gunners.
While his performances might no longer be at the level that saw him World Cup with Germany in 2-13, he would still be an experienced addition to Arteta’s squad.
He has 76 caps for Germany, has won numerous titles with Bayern, as well as multiple domestic trophies, and the Champions League in the 2012/13 season.
Boateng also knows what it takes to play in the Premier League, after he spent 12 months with Manchester City after signing for the club in 2010.
He has 18 months left on his £196,000-a-week contract with Bayern and wants to leave the club this month after seeing his minutes reduced this season.
Boateng has only made 16 appearances for Bayern in all competitions this campaign and it has been reported they are willing to let him leave if a club meets their £12.8million (€15m) asking price.
The Gunners are expected to face competition from AC Milan for Boateng, although he is expected to get more minutes if he secured a move to the Emirates as the Italian outfit recently signed centre-back Simon Kjaer from Sevilla.
The 30-year-old Denmark international is joining on a short-term loan until the end of the season, but the deal does include an option for Milan to buy the defender.
Another positive Boateng offers Arteta is that he can play in more than one position along the defensive line.
Though predominantly a centre-back, he can also comfortably fill in at left-back too.
And that could be useful for Arteta as he is currently without right-back Hector Bellerin and left-back Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal failed to stop Sheffield United mounting a comeback on the weekend and the Blades scored late in the game to leave the Emirates with one point after securing a 1-1 draw.
After the game Arteta was asked about his transfer plans for the remainder of this month.
“The circumstances are changing daily because we keep having more and more injuries and suspensions,” the Spaniard said.
“We are there in the market, we are looking for options who can help us improve and give us more stability in certain areas but it’s still too early to say anything.”