Manchester United and Arsenal may be given an unexpected chance to land one of their top transfer targets as early as the transfer window, but purchasing Mats Hummels will cost them the whopping fee of £47million.
Borussia Dortmund had been expected to do all they could to try and withstand approaches for their stand out centre-back, but it now appears they have resigned themselves to losing him and will be ready to cash in on him as early as the approaching January transfer window.
Manchester United have already shown this summer that they are more than willing to hand out hefty sums for the right players
According to the Daily Star, the Bundesliga outfit were desperate to hang on to Hummels through January, but have decided to put the massive price tag on him in a bid to warn off any interested a parties.
Whether this is a wise course of action or not remains to be seen, but were either Arsene Wenger or Louis van Gaal decided to sanction such a large outlay, at least BVB would get a pretty decent amount of cash to play with.
Reports at the weekend had reported that the £47million price was set, but there was no suggestion that the deal could be done as early as January. Dortmund have lost a number of their leading stars over the past two seasons and financial constraints make this difficult to stop.
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Manchester United have already shown this summer that they are more than willing to hand out hefty sums for the right players, having broken their transfer fee record with the near £60million purchase of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid.
Wenger was criticised for his failure to replace former skipper Thomas Vermaelen this summer
Radamel Falcao went to Old Trafford on probably the most expensive loan deal ever and summer spending amounted to something in the region of £150million. They are one of the wealthiest clubs in the world and all this says that if they want to sign Hummels they are prepared to splash the cash.
Too Much For Gunners
Meanwhile, this would precisely be the reason behind Arsenal manager Wenger dropping any interest in the 25-year-old. The Gunners may have smashed their transfer fee record last year with the purchase of Mesut Özi and splashing more than £30million on Alexis Sanchez, but defenders rarely draw such large fees from the North Londoners.
Hummels would fit the bill for the Emirates Stadium club, who are struggling in defence at the moment ping to a shortage of established defenders. Wenger was criticised for his failure to replace former skipper Thomas Vermaelen this summer after selling him to Barcelona and this decision has been punished by the club's injury record.