The last day of January does not, as one might expect, bring the end of the ‘January transfer window’, but it does bring some very intriguing news for Man Utd.
Not one, but two separate and encouraging news lines out of the Bundesliga with reference to long-term targets of the highest calibre to be precise.
In fact both emanate from the same club, the North-Rhine-Westphalian powerhouse that is Borussia Dortmund.
Firstly reports originating from Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo and re-heated by the Daily Mirror suggest that ‘United have won the race’ for the signature of Die Scwarzgelben’s German international Mats Hummels, who is now 6/4 to be a United played by September 1.
The former source understands the Reds to have thrashed out a £37m fee for the cultured centre-half, although it’s suggested manager Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to let one of his stars go mid-season with BVB languishing in the Bundesliga drop zone.
Media speculation surrounding Man Utd’s interest in Hummels has stubbornly refused to die down in recent months, but the same cannot be said for rumours linking the Old Trafford club to Dortmund’s incendiary forward Marco Reus.
All, apart from the most spurious of of spin-jobs, had gone quiet with regards to a potential move to the Premier League for a player who claimed 16 goals and 13 assists in 26 league starts last term.
However, German sports periodical Bild’s headline ‘Bayern say no to Reus’ has breathed new life into the saga, with both United and Arsenal thought to be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of a prime rival for wide-man’s services rule themselves out of contention.
The Bavarian powerhouse has had a habit of hoovering up the brightest and best Bundesliga talent, but it’s understood that they will pursue other targets in the summer.
Real Madrid remain shortest-priced about landing Reus in the summer at 5/2, but United are now clear second-favourites at 4/1.