Mats Hummels is torn between Manchester United and Arsenal as he prepares for a January exit from Borussia Dortmund, reports the Daily Star.
The Bundesliga club have had a disastrous first half of the season and are looking at a genuine scrap for survival as they languish near the bottom of the league table. As a result, Hummels is likely to leave in the January transfer window.
However, the 25-year-old is still trying to make up his mind on which Premier League club to join. Manchester United can offer more money and have impressed under Louis van Gaal but Arsenal have a host of Germans already at the club as well as the more reputable Arsene Wenger in charge.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United will look to sign the centre-back in such an instance with both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal struggling to keep their defences together this season.
Arsenal currently have only two recognised centre-backs in the squad with Calum Chambers, also a right-back and a midfielder for the club, filling in as third choice. Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal have also been used in the unfamiliar position as injuries took their toll.
Similarly, Manchester United have had to hand debuts to Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair this season as Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo have all suffered injuries at some point. To boot, none of the above have impressed this season.
Hummels is seen as a future captain for Manchester United and a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic after the Serbian departed for Inter Milan in the summer. After investing heavily in attacking reinforcements, Hummels is likely to be the biggest signing for Manchester United in 2015.
But Borussia Dortmund are growingly desperate to cash in on their best player and know dropping out of the Champions League will damage their bargaining position. They are already prepared to drop their £47 million asking price to £40 million but a further drop is possible.
That gives Arsenal an excellent opportunity to rival Manchester United, who already have Germany team-mates Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil at the club. The pair, who play with Hummels at international level, may be capable of coaxing him to the Emirates Stadium.