Friday, 10th June, 2011 

Bayern Munich are pushing ahead with their efforts to sign Germany full back Jerome Boateng from Manchester City and are optimistic a deal can be done.

The 22-year-old only joined City last summer, making the switch from Bundesliga outfit Hamburg for a fee of £10.4M. And although 16 Premier League appearances in his first season might have been deemed acceptable, the Eastlands side are ready to allow Boateng to head back to the Bundesliga.

At present the sticking point between Bayern and City looks to be the fee, with the English club determined to ensure they do not make a loss on Boateng. Therefore, only bids of £10.4M are acceptable to Roberto Mancini’s side.

The Bavarian giants however are confident that an agreement can be found, with chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stating: "I think there is a chance that we can reach an agreement."

For Bayern, the signing of Boateng would significantly strengthen their defence and, with the task of reclaiming the Bundesliga title from Borussia Dortmund and navigating what could be a tricky Champions League playoff round, a strong squad is essential.

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