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Arsenal seek to beat Manchester United in signing £45m-rated World Cup winner

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Arsenal are reported to have joined Manchester United in the pursuit to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich this summer.

The Germany international has come off a poor display for his nation at the recent World Cup but this has not ceased the speculation of him leaving the Bavarian giants.

According to Kicker, the Gunners have entered a three-way race alongside Paris Saint-Germain and United as they seek to pursue the German before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

However, the former World Cup winner won’t come on the cheap with Bayern said to want at least £45m to part ways with the 29-year-old defender.

Boateng has unquestionably been one of Bayern’s consistent performers at the heart of their defence but a move does not seem worthwhile for Arsenal, considering his injury record.

Since joining Bayern in 2011, the centre-back has found himself sidelined with minor injuries in every season and he has yet to rack 30 league appearances in a single campaign.

As a result, a move for the German is bound to pose a risk while his valuation may also prove a stumbling block, given Unai Emery needs to offload players first for a late purchase.

Emery has already spent the allocated £70m budget for the transfer window and a sixth summer signing may depend on how quick the club can offload their outcasts.

Lucas Perez, Joel Campbell, Carl Jenkinson and David Ospina have been among those tipped to make way before the transfer deadline and of late, Danny Welbeck has been added to the unwanted list with the club also looking to lower the wage bill.

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