There have been Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with a move for the Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender Mats Hummels dating back to last summer and beyond. He is also the player that most Arsenal fans would agree on if Arsene Wenger was to be able to sign him and bring him to the Premier League.
So with Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga and out of the Champions League, a lot of us were hoping and thinking that this summer could be the perfect time for the Gunners to strike. We do need a top class centre back and can now afford to pay the transfer fee which would be something over £30 million and with the World Cup winner being just 26-years old and with vast experience, Arsenal would have a solid platform at the back for years to come.
So it was a huge blow to read in the Daily Star today that Hummels has declared that he would only join a club in another country if it was our Premier League rivals Manchester United.What a kick in the teeth!
The Dortmund star said, “If I was to transfer abroad at some stage, then it would only be to Manchester United.”
Pretty unequivocal stuff really, although it does not mean that Hummels will be signing for them this summer as he has also used Twitter to blast rumours this week that he had promised to join United. I hope he doesn’t as I would rather Arsenal not have to play against him.
Which defender should Wenger concentrate his transfer radar on now?