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Man City have to agree to defender Boateng's deal with Bayern

Transfer talk: Udinese owner says Eastlands club most likely destination for Chilean Sanchez.

Jerome Boateng only joined Manchester City last year, but wants to move back to Germany.
Jerome Boateng only joined Manchester City last year, but wants to move back to Germany.

Jerome Boateng, the Manchester City defender, has agreed to join Bayern Munich for four years but the English club have not yet agreed the deal, the player said yesterday.

The Germany international joined City from Hamburg last year on a contract until 2015, but failed to win a regular starting place and repeatedly said he wanted to leave.

"It is true that I have agreed with Bayern on a four-year deal. Now it is up to Manchester to make it work," the 22 year old told Kicker magazine.

"My dream is to have a starting spot within a year, hopefully at Bayern, and then I want to win the European championship [with Germany]."

Boateng was not used in his favourite central defensive position at City and said a move to Bayern would also be good for his role in the national team ahead of next year's European Championship.

"It is about the position. Bayern want me as a central defender. That is also an advantage for the national team," he said.

City, who paid £11 million (Dh66m) for Boateng, do not want to sell him for less than £17m.

Meanwhile Gianpaolo Pozzo, the Udinese owner, has claimed City are the club most likely to sign the highly-rated Chile international Alexis Sanchez this summer.

"Inter, Juve, Barca and Manchester City are all interested in him," Pozzo told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"But concrete offers regarding the real value of the player have not arrived yet. I think there is a 50 per cent chance that he will stay in Udinese.

"However, if he was to leave, I would say City have the highest probability of success."

On Sunday, The National revealed that City were intensifying their efforts to sign the 22 year old by aiming to persuade him that his career would be best served by a move to Eastlands, which will host Champions League football next season.

Juventus, the Turin giants, are unable to offer Sanchez the prospect of Champions League football, unlike City, Barca and Inter.

Udinese reportedly value Sanchez at €50 million (Dh265m), although a more realistic transfer fee is likely to be around €38m.

Earlier this month, Inter looked to be favourites to acquire Sanchez, however negotiations stalled between the clubs.

"We did speak to Inter [last month] but we have not spoken to them since to reach an agreement," said Pozzo.

"Things are nevertheless done at the last minute.

"I say to [the Inter president Massimo] Moratti to sit down and negotiate even though the Nerazzurri don't have technical counterparts that interest us."