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Report: Bayern To Ditch Jerome Boateng Over His Friendship With Jay-Z

Report: Bayern To Ditch Jerome Boateng Over His Friendship With Jay-Z
By Gavin Cooney

In spite of his class and importance to the team, Jerome Boateng may be heading for the exit door at Bayern Munich. TZ report today that an agreement ha been reached with Paris Saint-Germain for the transfer of Boateng for around €50 million. As to why it's happening, much has been made of the increasingly strained relations between Boateng and Bayern's CEO Karl-Heinze Ruminnegge.

Ruminnegge is understood to be annoyed by the frequent travel brought about by Boateng's collaboration with Jay-Z. In June 2015, Boateng became the first footballer to sign with Roc Nation Sports,  the sports arm of the talent agency set up by Jay-Z five years ago. Jay-Z and Boateng have struck up a decent friendship, apparently, with Boateng promoted in the U.S. by Jay-Z's agency.

Ruminnegge was publicly critical of Boateng's off-field pursuits after a Champions League defeat to Rostov last season, in which he told Boateng to come back down to earth. Evidently, Ruminnegge has become further exasperated to the point where Boateng is on his way out of the club.

PSG seems the most likely destination after the Paris club missed out on Leonard Bonucci to Juventus, although the same report states that a late Manchester United gazumping is not out of the question.

A potential swap deal with Anthony Martial has been ruled out by Ruminnegge.

[TZ]

See Also: Thomas Muller States Ozil's Racism Claims 'Aren't Important To Players'

 

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