According to various reports Arsenal and Barcelona are both interested in signing Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund in this transfer window.
I first saw this report on the Italian site Calciomercato but it is being reported on a number of other wesbites. Unfortunately for anyone looking to get excited about this rumour, it seems as if it originated on Fanatix which means that it has as much chance of being true as London has of seeing 50c weather today.
The report on Fanatix, which seems to be nothing more than a feeder site for Caughtoffside, said that Arsenal are lining up a massive £55m bid for Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels.
Have you stopped laughing yet?
Fanatix ‘have learned’ [code for ‘have made up] that Arsenal are getting ready to smash their transfer record not once but twice in this window.
Of course, they offer no sources or information which could possibly back up their ridiculous assertion that Arsenal are going to offer £30m for Gotze and £25m for Hummels. They claim that Arsenal offered £32m for Gotze which was rejected but that the player now has a £30m release clause. Makes sense eh?
I believe that Arsenal might be prepared to ‘go big’ for one player, but two? And how likely is it that Borussia Dortmund would be willing to let both players go in the middle of the season?
The report which I read on the Italian website has added Barcelona, just to spice the story up a little. They offer no evidence to back up either Arsenal or Barca’s interest.