Arsenal and Chelsea want to sign Jerome Boateng on a free transfer, according to reports.
And London rivals Tottenham may join the chase for the former Manchester City man.
According to Sport Bild in Germany, Bayern Munich will refuse to offer Boateng a new deal.
The centre-back, 32, is out of contract at the end of the season.
That means he can enter negotiations with European clubs over a pre-contract agreement to move in the summer.
So even though Mikel Arteta will have the likes of Gabriel, William Saliba and Pablo Mari at his disposal, the Arsenal boss could benefit from the addition of the German defender.
Chelsea landed veteran Thiago Silva for nothing this summer and are already reaping the benefits with his commanding performances at the back.
Frank Lampard may be tempted by a similar signing if Silva continues to be a success.
At Tottenham, Jose Mourinho saw one experienced defender leave in Jan Vertonghen.
Joe Rodon did come in from Swansea but so far the Special One has generally opted for Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld at the back.
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