According to a new report by kicker, Bayern Munich have decided who to rely on for central defense next season. Four players — Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, and Tanguy Nianzou — are planned for the immediate future of the club.

What this means is that David Alaba is definitely leaving, but we knew that already. The real big news is that Bayern won’t extend Jerome Boateng’s contract, allowing him to leave for free next summer. In addition, American youngster Chris Richards and Bayern youth prospect Lars Lukas Mai don’t receive any mention in the kicker report, which might mean they’re going to be sold soon. Either that, or kicker simply neglected to mention the youth options.

What does this mean?

For Boateng

This looks like the end of the line for Jerome. He’s been a good servant of the club for many years, but Bayern seems ready to move on to younger players. With his contract expiring, he could look for pastures anew — Chelsea may be an option, with Thomas Tuchel now in charge.

In this current financial climate, an experienced defender like Jerome Boateng could find a ton of suitors looking for a free transfer.

For Lucas and Sule

The main info here is that, despite tonnes of speculation about the future of Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule, the Bayern brass are still planning with the duo in mind.