The Guardian has waded into the red-top infested transfer gossip waters to suggest that Man Utd are pondering a huge bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels.
According to the paper, less commonly in the habit of penning tales of dubious verity than some others, he would likely command a British record fee for a defender.
However, the World Cup-winning centre-half is hugely sought after, not least by his current employers meaning numerous other defenders have been mooted as potential Man Utd signings.
AC Milan’s Adil Rami is the latest name to crop up according to the Daily Star, with the Frenchman 17/10 to be a Red Devils player by September 2015.
We’ve stacked up some of their key defensive statistics for the season underway in an effort to ascertain how the latest next-best thing measures up to Hummels.
The results paint the Frenchman as something more of a body-on-the-line defender than the BVB star, with a distinctly superior record when it comes to aerial duels.
As expected for a centre-half whose name is a byword for ‘cultured’, the German’s ability to read and cut out opposition distribution is superior to that of Rami.
However, he also averages more successful tackles an outing than the former Valencia stopper, suggesting his perceptiveness doesn’t stopping getting a foot in where necessary.
Rami has been in and out of Filippo Inzaghi’s Rossoneri first team and it’s somewhat unclear whether United would seriously consider a move for the Frenchman.
Chief executive Edward Woodward told reporters, “we are not looking to enter the market for short-term fixes.
“However, we have targets we are looking at for next summer. Should any of them become available in January, which is obviously rare, we will consider acting but it is a low probability.”
United are 9/4 for victory when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, with the Gunners 6/5 for three points and the draw also 9/4.