Arsenal are ready to beat Manchester United to the signing of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels after selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona. The Gunners received £15 million for offloading the Belgium international - and have now turned their attention to the German World Cup winner.
Hummels has been strongly linked with the Red Devils, who have failed to agree a fee with BVB for the 25-year-old. However, according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could come up with a bid to match Dortmund’s £25 million plus asking price.
Borussia Dortmund reluctant to sell Hummels
Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund’s revered coach, is determined to keep Hummels at Signal Iduna Park.
But he will be powerless to stop the German defender moving to England should Arsenal, or Manchester United, produce a bid in excess of the player’s asking price.
Klopp recently stated that both Hummels and Marco Reus were happy at the club, but the former may have had his head turned by the constant speculation surrounding his future over the past few weeks.
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Do Arsenal need Hummels?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sold club captain Vermaelen because of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny’s solid centre-back partnership.
The veteran Gunners’ boss does not play with back three, which makes his reported pursuit of Hummels all the more difficult to comprehend.
Hummels, however, would be an upgrade on either Mertesacker or Koscielny - so perhaps Wenger is about to spring a major surprise by altering his back-line.