We have good reason to believe that a deal has been struck between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund for one of their mega stars.
Reports according to Metro have it that we are in an advanced stage in talks with the German giants for their captain, Mats Hummels with the deal to cost a reported £31.5 million. The World Cup star is one of the most wanted sportsmen in the world, with his stock rising so high over the last four seasons with Dortmund. United, Bayern Munich and PSG have all desired him but Arsenal seem to have won the race, with personal terms the next stage.
Dortmund know the enormous level of interest on their star player and are almost resigned to losing him anytime soon. With reports that Manchester United have ended their interest in Hummels turning to Zenit St. Peterburg’s Ezequiel Garay, Arsenal doesn’t appear to have any major rivals.
Wenger 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.
Marco Reus is another target to whom we are looking at capturing from Dortmund. He’ll almost command as much as the above quoted fee for Hummels though he has just £20m as his exit clause in his current deal, which he’s apparently not ready to renew.
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.
There is no doubt that Hummels would be the one we needed most if both were available at the same time with only one to choose. Our problems in defence have been well documented and though we’d love to have a world class player of Reus reckoning in our team, a strong defence has to be the bedrock for a team challenging for the title. With Alexis and Walcott, Ozil and Cazorla, we have a pretty decent collage of attacking assets to take us through the challenge of the season, but the case is very much the reverse in defence.
Mertesacker and Koscielny have no solid backups this season, but more importantly, no competition. Hummels will almost walk straight into the team, or otherwise, put both on their toes to produce their very best.
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