Manchester United and Arsenal are going head to head in a £32million race to sign Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund and Louis van Gaal winning the race will lead to Arsene Wenger turning to a youngster from the Championship.
Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings has impressed this season and, according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners would be prepared to spend as much as £8million on him in the January transfer window. However, their long-term target is Hummels and would be the preferred option.
Wenger may prefer the Germany international but Borussia Dortmund are holding out for a fee in the region of £32million, which could put off the Emirates Stadium club. Their rivals at Old Trafford have no problems in spending that kind of cash, however, and Van Gaal needs more defenders.
The report suggests that Dortmund’s strange is one of resignation, as their financial restrictions mean they cannot compete with the likes of the Premier League duo and losing their best players to more affluent clubs is a reality of life at the Westfalenstadion.
Manchester united’s 3-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday was a welcome relief for fans of the club, who have had to endure a stuttering start to the Premier League season. Inconsistent form has been hallmarked by injuries to key players and defensive mistakes.
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Hummels would provide a top class solution to the lack of options in the centre of defence for Van Gaal, though getting the German side to sell him will be no mean feat. A January sale seems particularly unlikely too, as Jurgen Klopp’s side are struggling in the Bundesliga and have already qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Arsenal defeated Dortmund to on Wednesday to also book their place in next round, but Wenger had his defensive options stretched thin because of injury and a lack of investment during the summer.
Young and Impressive
Mings has excelled with Ipswich since joining them a couple of years ago from non-league football. He is a very strong player and can operate at either left-back or centre-back, with the latter being the biggest need at the moment.