Despite Mats Hummels’ recent claim that he wasn’t considering a switch to any Premier League outfit, Arsenal and Manchester United have continued to monitor the German international with both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal keen to bolster their defensive options by the New Year. The Borussia Dortmund defender has said that he won’t be joining a new club just because they have more money or a better reputation than his German employers. Mats explained that several factors would have to be considered before he decides to consider leaving Westfalenstadion. He was also quoted by kicker as saying;
If a club with a bigger reputation than Dortmund were to make a move, but I don’t like the way they play football, I wouldn’t even consider a move. At Dortmund, the style of play is exactly like I want to play football.
This development came on the back of the defender’s statement which appeared to have ruled out any switch to neither of the premier League clubs after the defender had indicated his happiness with Jurgenklopp’s club.
With Hummels’ latest comments, Manchester United whose style of play is very similar to Borrusia Dortmund’s will be hoping to move in on the German World Cup winner by January. He had for about 4 months, sparked a serious transfer row between Manchester United and their North London rivals, Arsenal. Despite Dortmund handing the club’s arm band to Hummels, both English giants never stopped on their tracks to sign the £25m rated centre half. Since Arsenal allowed Thomas Vermaleen to join Catalan giants Barcelona, they have been courting Mats as a possible replacement. In similar vein, Louis van Gaal closely studied the defender during the World Cup finals in Brazil while bearing in mind that Manchester United had lost great experience and ability in the exodus of 3 senior defenders in Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.
For a team that fumbled that term, the Dutchman was charged with rejuvenation of the Old Trafford outfit with a large transfer kitty, and theUnited boss has since sanctioned the signing of Argentine Marcos Rojo to further bolster his defensive line. However, with the injury worries that the Dutchman has faced since his arrival which has now worsened with the hamstring injury sustained by stand-in defender Paddy McNair, Louis Van Gaal will be poised to launch a serious bid for the versatile German. At 25 years old, the centre-back will fit in nicely into Van Gaal’s plans to rebuild a new Manchester United philosophy, and now that the team has begun to find their momentum after twoconsecutive 2-1 victories over West Ham and Everton, he will be hopeful that the fear factor will graduallyreturn to the hallowed grounds of Old Trafford.
In any case, Mats Hummels is still Van Gaal’s best bet defensively having missed out on Mehdi Benatia this summer and with the Red Devils managing only one clean sheet this term, a player of Hummel’s experience will be welcomed at Old Trafford.