Arsenal have seen several players linked throughout the summer, some have bothered on the real, the surreal and the illusionary. Yet, the links have continued as it is the transfer window after all. According to new reports, Arsenal have entered the race to sign Borussia Dortmund defender Mat Hummels. Manchester United have been the club that have been associated with Mat Hummels throughout this summer, but the reports links both the Old Trafford outfit and Arsenal has the principal suitors for the defender. It claims that Dortmund have rejected the possibility of selling their World Cup winning defender, but it is understood that a £30 million bid could price him away from the bundesliga.
Mat Hummel, 25, is one of Borussia Dortmund’s indispensable players, having been one of the glue that has held Jurgen Klopp’s side for the past few seasons. Although his season was blighted by injury last time out, a situation that reduced his appearances to 23 in the league.
The chance of Arsenal signing Mat Hummels hinged on several factors. Arsene Wenger is primed to make a defensive signing, but his comments points to the fact it could be reactive rather than being proactive; reactive because, any defensive signing would be based on Thomas Vermaelen leaving. And it is improbable that the club would look to bring in a player that is as expensive as Mat Hummel in defence who would command a fee of £30 million.
With Borussia Dortmund keen to hold on to one of their prized assets, one of which is the commanding Mat Hummels, they would definitely not let such a player leave without a fight.
From an Arsenal perspective, having spent close to £60 million on four players, would the club be willing to spend such amount (£30 million) on Mat Hummel even when he becomes suddenly available? Thomas Vermaelen has been the most expensive defender in Arsene Wenger’s time at the club, having been signed for £10 million, and the likelihood that the French man would go above that by £20 million will represent a huge ask.
Mat Hummel is everybody’s dream defender, an elegant centre half, with an eye for a goal or two. Scored two goals at the World Cup and two goals last season in the bundesliga. Such scenario would likely stay the way it is in the subconscious of many, a dream.
In the end, Arsene Wenger has to find a defender some how in the market, but it might not be Mat Hummel as his price and availability might be out of Arsenal’s reach.