Amidst rumours that Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is a summer target of several European sides, the Bundesliga outfit have at last shed light on his future.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and rivals Bayern Munich are all said to be interested in the Germany international’s services while it’s believed he is considering pastures new at the end of the season.
As a result, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed the club will not stand in Hummels' way should he decide to pursue a move away this summer.
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Speaking at the AUDI-Star-Talk, per the Daily Mail, he said: "To forbid Hummels to leave would be small-minded.
“We have to accept that someone playing for Dortmund for eight years and getting [close to] 28 starts to think about his situation.”
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However, Watzke admitted the price must be right in order to part ways with their captain.
“If the club isn’t ready to play a lot of money, he has a contract in Dortmund,” he added.
“And I am sure that he has no problem with continuing playing for Dortmund.”
Such news comes following German reports claiming that Hummels is set to follow in Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze’s footsteps by joining Bayern Munich this summer.
Bild reports that the centre-back is on course to completing a €30 million move to Dortmund’s bitter rivals, with a four-year deal in the offing.
Hummels’ father, Hermann, sparked said rumours by saying: “Mats has to make an extremely important decision in his career.
“But if he should leave Dortmund, then he will move to one of the five or six best clubs in Europe, and FC Bayern is one of them.”
However, Hummels himself has admitted that the growing speculation surrounding his future hard to deal with sometimes.
According to Sky Sports, he said: “I’ve set myself a date by which I have to decide [about my future]. It’s a very difficult decision for me.
“When I finally make my decision, people will see why it has been so difficult.”
Whether rumours suggesting Hummels will complete a switch to Bayern materialise remains to be seen, yet it’s unquestionable how big a difference he would make to his Premier League suitors.
Chelsea have struggled defensively all season and, as a result, surrendered their Premier League crown in embarrassing fashion, United currently rely upon a central midfielder in Daley Blind to play alongside Chris Smalling, and Arsenal, well, they have Per Mertesacker.
Hummels would likely cost in excess of £30 million, yet his experience as a World Cup winner and Bundesliga champions would prove money well spent by whoever successfully captures him this summer.