Arsenal and Manchester United Battle it out for Mats Hummels
“Mats joining Manchester United? For €20m? For such little money, you can forget that idea immediately!”
Rumours of Mats Hummels jumping ship to fill United’s defensive hole have been prominent throughout the summer however, over the last few days Arsenal have sprung up as potential rivals to Van Gaal’s revolution at Old Trafford. It seems Mats Hummels has a decision to make.
Both clubs would jump at the chance to sign the German World Cup winner, however in the case of pure necessity you could say United’s need for a enforcer at the Centre Back far outweighs Arsenal’s, especially as Koscielny and Mertesacker were a settled pairing last season. Yet, reports have surfaced (Daily Mail) that Arsenal are ready to ignite interest.
However, due to his switch to 3-5-2 United are short of quality depth to cover all 3 Centre Back positions. Whilst Smalling, Jones and Evans provide strength and depth for Van Gaal to use across a long, draining season, United require a World Class defender to lead them against the league’s top opposition if they’re to stand any chance of making their way back into the top 4.
It would seem Van Gaal has recognised that and reports show that he has sanctioned a deal for Ed Woodward to complete for the Borussia Dortmund defender.
Although sounds coming out from Dortmund seem to suggest Hummels is going nowhere. In typical Klopp fashion the Dortmund manager was quoted to have stated “Mats joining Manchester United? For €20m? For such little money, you can forget that idea immediately!”. Klopp’s stance suggests if Hummels is to leave the Signal Iduna Park then negotiations will have to significantly progress between now and the end of August.
Moreover, another ploy from Dortmund has seen them name Hummels as the new Club Captain; a move designed to keep him out of both Wenger and Van Gaal’s clutches and instead see him dancing in a Klopp Wonderland.
For now it not only seems like Arsenal and Manchester United are battling with themselves, but battling amongst Dortmund and Klopp who have reaffirmed their strong stance on the situation.
This transfer saga could continue for some time.