Mats Hummels is one of the most sort after defenders in the World now.
Arsenal’s winter transfer window has no doubt kicked open very early with Arsenal already linked to an avalanche of stars already and its not even November yet.
Reports making the rounds now are suggesting Arsenal are readying a £32 million January German Inquisition for the world’s most wanted defender, Mats Hummels.
The Borussia Dortmund captain is widely acclaimed as one of – if not THE – best defender(s) in the world, and is believed to be hotly pursued by the creme-de-la-creme in Europe’s topflight. Arsenal have Manchester United as our main English rivals in the pursuit of the defender, with City glances still made from a distance.
Wenger, in his succintly crafted address during the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, confirmed his desire to sign a defender in the coming transfer window, having tried and failed to do so before the last one slammed shut.
According to Wenger, “We have strengthened, brought in two defenders. We have done remarkably well in transfer window. We tried to buy one more, a defender, but we didn’t find one. But we will try to rectify that in January”.
Calculations from figures emanating from the AGM indicate that the board will likely hand Wenger a £20m kitty for business during this summer, much of which is sure to be spent on a defender.
While his club mate Marco Reus may only have an exit value of £20m, it is feared that Hummels may command a little more, which may lead to the manager resorting to the possible sale of some fringe players to source the fee for the transfer bill. By a million guesses, Lukas Podolski could be one of those on that salvage-fund register needed to facilitate the Hummels bid come January.
It will be recalled that we signed Mattiue Debuchy and Calum Chambers in the summer, most likely as replacements for Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen. Chambers was signed as long-term successor to Debuchy in the right-back role and thought he has featured considerably at center-half, the budget was still in deficit even before Vermaelen’s departure. Injury to Koscielny has made the need for a strong defender more expedient, with the option of relying on the members of the youth team, like Hayden and O’Connor, not an entrirely appealing prospect to fans.
The 25-year old has spoken of the possibility of a move to England sometime in his career, though he’s stressed his loyalty to the cause at the Westfalenstadion. Confirmed as captain this season, Hummels has been made to realise not just how much his presence means to the Dortmund club but what value he has attained in the eyes of Europes’s big wigs.
It’ll be tought o convince Dortmund to sell him but as they’ve shown for some of their star players, every man’s got a price and we could do no wrong by handing it to them.
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