Arsenal are ready to launch a move for Borussia Dortmund star and Manchester United target Mats Hummels in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Star.
Arsene Wenger has been left with just two available centre-backs this season after Calum Chambers became the club's first choice right-back to cover for the injured Mathieu Debuchy. Now the Arsenal manager is ready to reinforce his backline with Hummels.
The cause of Arsenal's issues is due to the fact that Thomas Vermaelen was sold to Barcelona while no replacement was brought in. Chambers joined from Southampton, but, as previously mentioned, he has been forced to cover at right-back.
Now Arsenal have just Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker for cover while the inexperienced Isaac Hayden has been fast-tracked into the first team. With concerns growing over Koscielny's chronic achilles problems, a quality replacement like Hummels is required.
Manchester United interest
If Borussia Dortmund agree to sell, the Gunners will likely face a major competitor in Manchester United. Louis van Gaal seemed intent on bringing the player to Old Trafford after, ironically, missing out of Vermaelen.
A move to Old Trafford would no doubt be more lucrative for Hummels, but Arsenal's German contingent could sway him towards the Emirates. There is also the key factor that Hummels has himself stated that Manchester United does not interest him.
Failure from Van Gaal
Hummels said that he was flattered by the interest but also stated that he is not interested in the massive wages on offer at Manchester United, or anywhere else for that matter. It seems that the 25-year-old will only leave for the right reasons.
“It’s nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you,” he said in September. “I take that as a compliment but it doesn’t influence me in any way, otherwise. We earn enough here in Dortmund.
“There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB but Dortmund have made a lot of progress during my time here. In any case I believe it’s enough for me. If one day I start thinking about playing abroad, money won’t be the reason. I don’t even think about that at the moment. We still have so much further to go here.”
Jurgen Klopp will do everything he can to keep his captain with only a big money offer likely to tempt him into a sale. £30 million was thought to be enough, but Arsenal may have to sell someone to buy in January.
Luckily, it appears Mesut Ozil is willing to leave Arsenal halfway through the season with reports in the Mail on Sunday suggesting Bayern Munich are preparing a £30 million bid.