Clubs in the hunt for Mats Hummels have been boosted by the player himself, after he appeared to reveal that he would leave Borussia Dortmund if the right club came along
According to Goal, which cites German publication Kicker, Hummels said that if a club with a higher reputation than Dortmund were interested, but didn’t play the right style of football, then he wouldn’t give it a moments thought before rejecting them.
However, this implies that if a high-profile club, who also play the right brand of football, come in, then he would consider an exit. The Germany star has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Manchester United ranking amongst his more glamorous suitors.
Arsene Wenger may well launch an offensive in the near future given how his team have fared so far this term, although the centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker might be difficult for Hummels to break up.
Both defenders signed new deals this calendar year and, whilst the latter is steadily approaching the latter years of his career, have formed a tidy partnership in recent seasons. That being said Hummels, rated at £25m, is one of the most highly-regarded players in Europe in his position, and his reputation alone would bolster Arsenal no end.
Wenger's Mourinho bust-up
Elsewhere the backlash from the handbags thrown between Wenger and Jose Mourinho continues to rage, with the Gunners boss having blamed his counterpart for starting the confrontation.
During the encounter with Chelsea, which the Blues won 2-0, Wenger and Mourinho appeared to have a shoving match on the sidelines, though it’s been confirmed this morning that the Arsenal man won’t face disciplinary action. The tussle was caused by a rough Gary Cahill challenge which appeared to injury Alexis Sanchez, though the Chile international ended up being fine to continue.
Both Mourinho and Wenger had respective causes to be annoyed, with Sanchez having knocked Thibaut Courtois out cold only minutes before.
In other club news ex-Leeds boss Brian McDermott has penned a three-year deal which will see him aid the club’s recruitment department. McDermott has been out of a job for five months since leaving his post at Elland Road, but will now become part of the setup at the Emirates Stadium.
The ex-Reading boss will work primarily with the scouting department in order to ensure the Gunners's youth academy is well supplemented with talent, but it's a surprise move as most expected him to continue as a manager.