Borussia Dortmund’s World Cup defender Mats Hummels has poured cold water on rumours linking him to a move to Manchester United in an interview with Bundesliga Magazin International, saying:
“It’s nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you.
“I take that as a compliment. But it doesn’t influence me in any way, otherwise. We earn enough here in Dortmund.
“There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB. But Dortmund have made a lot of progress during my time here. In any case: I believe that it’s enough for me.”
Various newspapers suggest United will now focus their energies on signing Hummels’ central-defensive partner Neven Subotic instead.
Fortuitously for fans of transfer value in the Red Devils’ dealings, the stats suggest that they may now be in the hunt for the more effective member of the Schwarzgelben duo.
With Hummels having made a solitary Bundesliga start this term the numerals we have highlighted for comparison – courtesy of squawka.com – come from the 2013/14 campaign.
Last season’s figures suggest the Serbian was more productive when it came to the bread and butter of the trade, making 2.29 tackles, 2.73 interceptions and 0.76 blocks per 90 minutes.
The erstwhile United target managed 1.65, 2.62 and 0.28 on the same metrics.
Meanwhile, this term the stats put up in Hummels’ one and a bit league showings, are well short of those of his comrade.
With such a brace of defensive colossi in contention for tonight’s trip to Anderlecht, Jurgen Klopp’s side will fancy their chances of a third successive Champions League clean sheet at 7/4.
Meanwhile, the completion of a hat-trick of wins to nil in the competition can be backed at 11/5.
Subotic was on the premises for the most recent of the pair, while Hummels held the fort against eventual winners Real Madrid in their ultimately doomed quarter-final second-leg win last term.
The match betting sees BVB the 67/100 favourites, with the draw 3/1 and Dortmund’s Belgian hosts 18/5 outsiders for three points.