Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg has encouraged Borussia Dortmund to seriously consider making a move for Jerome Boateng in the summer transfer window.
Boateng’s eight-year spell at Bayern appears to have reached its end amid a clear lack of regular opportunities under manager Niko Kovac.
Instead, the Croatian has favoured using Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule as his central defensive pairing this season over Boateng.
And Kovac’s future at the Allianz Arena is secure after winning a domestic double in his debut campaign.
Therefore, Bayern president Uli Hoeness advised Boateng to seek out a “new challenge” as he appears to be “out of place” in the squad.
And Effenberg reckons Dortmund should try their luck in persuading the 30-year-old defender to make a controversial switch to Signal Iduna Park.
The three-time Bundesliga winner believes Boateng’s vast experience would be a great asset for a Dortmund team that has an average age of 25.
“At Borussia Dortmund, they were missing one or two experienced players for the title – especially in central defence,” said Effenberg as quoted by t-online.de.
“BVB should, therefore, really think about Jerome Boateng. He would be the perfect stabiliser to seriously fight for the title and even win. Boateng is the player you need for the next step.
“And it would be quite realistic, because Boateng is done in Bavaria. Dortmund are definitely the only club in the Bundesliga that could do it.”
Boateng’s arrival could also help bolster Dortmund’s backline next season after missing out on a first Bundesliga title since the 2011/12 campaign by a mere two points to rivals Bayern.
Lucien Favre’s side conceded 44 goals in their 34 league games, which pales significantly compared to Bayern’s tally of 32.
Although Dortmund may face some competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Boateng’s signature in the summer.
Parisians boss Thomas Tuchel, who formerly coached Dortmund, has expressed a desire to improve his defensive options rather than pursuing new attackers.
Furthermore, Boateng had narrowly come close to joining PSG last summer.