Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in our search for a defender as Manchester United have ended their interest in Borussia Dortmund star, Mats Hummels.
Daily Star quotes sources which give the impression that Louis van Gaal has turned his attention to Zenit St. Petersburg defender Ezequiel Garay having grown tired of waiting for Dortmund to budge on their captain. Garay was with Alejandro Sabella’s Argentina in Brasil and played a key role in their defence in the run to the final where they lost to Germany. Van Gaal must have seen enough of the 28 year old in their semi-final clash to spot him as his next option to solve his defensive weaknesses.
It now means Arsene Wenger would have only himself as the rival in the pursuit of the much coveted World Cup winner, and the £32m rumoured to be sufficient to see him break ties with the Westfalenstadion outfit.
Hummels has been a defensive stalwart for Jurgen Klopp’s teams for the past four seasons and has emerged as the most sought after defender in the transfer market as just about every top club in Europe has declared interest in capturing the superstar defender. While the likes of Real Madrid and PSG may bear secret admirations for a defender of his quality, none have declared any interest in him so far, which must give Wenger the incentive to be decisive and make a definite move for him.
He has admitted to being flattered by the interest of the likes of Arsenal in signing him, giving a hint as to the possibility of such a move happening in the future. In a chat with the BundesLiga Magazin International, Hummels said, “it’s nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you” but went on to say that he is indeed not fazed by the speculation, ruling out any move away from Dortmund at this time, especially not for financial reason.
“There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB but Dortmund have made a lot of progress during my times here. In any case, I believe it’s enough for me”.
Whether it would be accepted or not, Wenger has to just try. He has said he would be ready to spend in January for a defender and though it may be thought ridiculous that Dortmund would let Hummels go at such a crucial point in the season, we must make it clear that we want him, leaving him to figure out what he actually wants. If the plus-one-pound bid for Suarez was nothing mere than a trick to troll Gooners, Wenger should place a sensible bid of even the most mammoth price for Hummels. In a market where David Luiz is worth £50m, Hummels should be worth almost as much, If not more.
Dortmund’s financial demands have seen them take the image of a selling club in recent times, having let Mario Goetze go to rivals Bayern Munich two years ago for a BundesLiga record transfer fee. Jurgen Klopp always manages to rebuild with the meager resources available to him and so it may also happen that they will survive even in Hummel’s absence.
Arsene Wenger would love to sign a defender of the caliber of Hummels, who was a star for the German team as they cruised to global glory in Brasil. With an established German contingent, Hummels may yet be the most important German in the team if Wenger makes a successful coup for him.
He’s very much ours to lose now, shame if we do.
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