SportBild: Man United submit first Hummels offer of €30m - full details
Posted by SPORT WITNESS on April 22, 2015 at 5:51 in Sport Witness Football
This week's edition of German magazine SportBild was always going to have information on the future of several Borussia Dortmund players. SportBild have been running a Hummels to Manchester United story in nearly every edition of theirs over the past couple of months and therefore the likelihood of an update was very high. It's not just Hummels in the news, Ilkay Gundogan's repeated refusal to renew his contract is causing worry, although there's no claims of Manchester United interest there, and players considered Klopp favourites but under performers such as Shinji Kagawa are now coming into the spotlight.
SportBild say that they've found out from England that Manchester United have made their first offer for Hummels, and that's for around €30m. As far as transfer rumours go, SportBild are usually pretty good but it's not crystal clear what they mean by 'found out from England', we'd assume that wouldn't simply mean 'read it in an English newspaper' because if so the story gets shaky already. For the pessimists out there, there could also be doubt found in why SportBild would find out from English sources rather than German.
Anyway, the bid is for around €30m and SportBild believe that wouldn't be enough because Dortmund have Hummels on a contract until 2017 and wouldn't be likely to sell for under €40m. That figure of €40m is the one most repeated in Germany and in our opinion around the amount Dortmund have made it known to the German media they'd be willing to sell Hummels for. That doesn't mean a pound, or Euro, less wouldn't be successful but it seems to be what Dortmund want.
Dortmund won't deny Man United's Hummels bid, player drops move hints again
Posted by SPORT WITNESS on April 23, 2015 at 8:08 in Sport Witness Football
Bild appear to be back putting out Mats Hummels to Manchester United articles by the day and their latest was published as the clock struck midnight. This week has seen claims from SportBild that Manchester United have already submitted their first offer of €30m for the player and from Blid that the Premier League club would give Hummels the chance to double his wages to €10m a year.
The German newspaper have since been pressing Borussia Dortmund for comment which they've usually been happy to give on Hummels, further fuelling transfer reports. Bild said they had to persist to get anything out of the club's general manager Michael Zorc about the reported Manchester United bid. In the end he told them "I can't confirm this."
However, he refused to deny it either which would have surely been the easy thing to do if it weren't true. We have our doubts, the reported Manchester United bid seemed to be a perfect opportunity for the German media to once again wheel out was has been presented as a €40m asking price. Keeping alive the idea of a bid keeps alive the story toward the top of pages and therefore the perception Dortmund fans have of the transfer happening, it's softening the ground.
Dortmund have been quite blunt in the past about Hummels rumours, denying approaches and bids almost with a cocky attitude. That they've now gone shy perhaps means something. Anyway, Bild went on to Hummels and pressed him, he's been talkative too recently and talking up a move, but the defender said "I have no desire to continually express myself freshly on this topic. I did so a few weeks ago - that must be enough!"
Alright Mats, keep your hair on - it's you who has encouraged the reports perhaps more than anyone. Hummels referring to his previous comments is him wheeling the hints of a move outside of Germany out again. The words Hummels was referring to are "I often think I want to definitely move abroad. Then there are also days when I'm saying I don't need to.
"Basically, I believe that a foreign move will be good for both football and personal development."
That's what Hummels said to Kicker, and he's referred to the comments again to drop the hint once more. In our opinion the defender is Manchester United's should they want him, Dortmund appear to be dancing around a sale and flirting with the prospect, perhaps the German club are more keen on the move than the player himself and therefore trying to keep the story going.
There's every possibility Hummels began flirting with the idea to put pressure on Dortmund to offer him a huge new contract, but then found the club themselves seemed fond on the prospect of a sale - and using the proceeds to help a summer rebuild. Getting €40m for Hummels after a relatively poor season from the player, and renewed doubts about just how good he is, would be quite some business - and Dortmund know that.
Why the feck we don't do a Bayern and announce this before the season ends, like they have done with the same club in Goetze and Lewandowski transfers? Just spit it out and be done with it, let the muppets move onto the next targets/threads!