Manchester City are ready to enter the race to sign Mats Hummels, which could be bad news for Manchester United and Arsenal who have been credited with an interest in the Borussia Dortmund star.
According to The Sun, Manuel Pellegrini is considering making a January transfer window move for the 25-year-old, who is enduring a torrid time in the Bundesliga at the moment and his side are currently sitting in the relegation places.
Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal have both reportedly been keeping a close eye on Hummels’ situation, though signing him will reportedly cost the winners of the race an estimated £47million - rather a large sum for a defender.
Manchester United have had terrible injury problems in their defensive ranks and have looked vulnerable at the back all season, but after dismissing Liverpool 3-0 on Saturday Van Gaal has guided his side to six straight wins and third in the table.
Arsenal have also had a raft of injury worries and were forced to deploy right-back Mathieu Debuchy at centre-back for the first time in his career on Saturday evening, though it worked well as the Gunners won comfortably at Emirates Stadium, brushing aside Newcastle United 4-1.
The £47million price tag is probably enough to put Wenger off Hummels, but both Manchester United and Manchester City have shown they are willing to splash out if they really want a new player.
Hummels would presumably be the eventual replacement of Martin Demichelis at the Etihad Stadium, the Argentine is 33 now and to continue playing at the top level is unlikely for too much longer. However, captain Vincent Kompany has recurring injury worries this season and defensive resources have been stretched.
If any of Arsenal, Manchester United or Manchester City pay the asking price of £47million, it would be a new British record for a defender.