Manchester United will face competition from Chelsea if they are to land long-term central-defensive target Mats Hummels according to reports.
Trying to get to the source of the speculation is a task akin to discerning the catalyst for a playground scuffle, with the Mirror referring to the Metro who refer to Spanish site Fichajes, who cite the first-mentioned red top with regard to the Blues’ interest.
However, the World Cup winner is now into 6/1 to be a Chelsea player next season, with the bwin layers going 6/4 that begins 2015/16 at Old Trafford.
Like United, the Blues already have a welter of centre-halves on the books and the signing of Hummels would surely spell the beginning of end for the following Stamford Bridge stabled trio.
The former Bolton Wanderers man arrived in time to play his part in Chelsea’s consecutive European trophy seasons, yet he has never attained as equal a footing with John Terry as Ricardo Carvalho did during his years at the club.
Dropped in favour of Kurt Zouma for the most recent Manchester City clash, Cahill looks poorly positioned to fight for his place in the squad if Hummels were to arrive.
Neither the young up and comer nor the reliable old hand, even his homegrown status does not mark him out from the pack, with rivals such as Terry and youngster
Andreas Christensen also British reared.
Omeruo has achieved a lot at 21, having won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria and represented the Super Eagles at the World Cup a year later.
Yet, unlike Christensen, who was named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad this season, he has yet to feature for his parent club and is currently in his second consecutive loan campaign at Middlesbrough.
A pre-season leg break saw his 2013/14 hit the skids before it had even begun and the Czech 21-year-old has failed to pull up any trees in loan spells at FC Koln and Middlesbrough since recovering from that setback.
When it comes to young Chelsea defenders, the club seem far more invested in the futures of Zouma, for whom they paid £12m in January 2014, and Christensen, who is already earning a reported £20,000 a week.