According to the Sun on Sunday (subscription required), Arsenal and Man United's battle for German international defender Mats Hummels may be cut short as Borussia Dortmund have slapped a £47million price tag on who is now one of their most prized assets. Both clubs have money in the bank, but the price mooted may prove too costly for either.
One of the reasons Dortmund may want such a seemingly excessive fee is their fear of losing Marco Reus in either January or next summer for a cut fee. Having lost Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski recently, the struggling German side will be keen to make as much money as they can from any forthcoming sales so that Jurgen Klopp can continue the rebuild of his squad.
Both Arsenal and Man United have suffered numerous defensive injuries this season and as a result have been leaking goals. Dortmund will be hoping that desperation for a fix will drive one or the other to meet the rumoured asking price come January.