Borussia Dortmund are interested in buying Tottenham’s Vlad Chiriches, as they begin to plan for life without German international centre-half Mats Hummels according to The Sun.
It’s a development that will mobilise Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona, all of whom are thought to be big admirers of the Die Schwarzgelben man.
Only the recently inconsistent Paulinho can claim to rival Chiriches as the best signing of Spurs’ summer spending spree and the Romanian would rate a huge loss for Tim Sherwood.
Tottenham have avoided defeat in 79 per cent of the fixtures they played with him in the heart of defence this term, but only 68 per cent of those in which he didn’t start.
When he’s joined in the Lilywhites’ rearguard by Jan Vertonghen the proportion of games in which Spurs have been beaten drops still further to just 13 per cent.
The Belgian will have to do without Chiriches’ help when his side call on Liverpool, with maintaining self-respect the main objective in light of the 0-5 White Hart Lane demolition dished out by Brendan Rodgers’ men earlier this season.
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Meanwhile, Barcelona are thought to be favourite to win Hummels’ heart according to Spanish site El Mundo Deportivo.
The 25-year-old has been enjoying another vintage season, with stats gurus whoscored.com attributing him an average rating of 7.92 per outing.
It’s a mark that positions him as the best defenceman in the Bundesliga and he’s also been shining for his nation, scoring to cap a man of the match performance in their recent friendly against Italy.